Category Archives: Mindfulness

Attunement

We have been exploring mettā and the attitudes and actions that block it from being experienced and expressed. It is odd but true that when we stop clinging to a sense of being “right”, mettā is what remains. It manifests in moments of letting … Continue reading

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Fighting or working for justice?

Friends, I’m off on a pilgrimage to Sri Lanka and will be away from the internet for 2.5 weeks. I’ve scheduled an inspiring and thought-provoking story, in two parts, to be posted while I’m away. It is taken verbatim from … Continue reading

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It’s not magic

Ajahn Amaro, in “I’m Right, You’re Wrong”, says: “I once met a Wall Street lawyer who had started practicing meditation some half a dozen years previously. She said: ‘Until I started to meditate it was one conflict after another, and … Continue reading

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Counterproductive instincts

In the last post, one outmoded survival instinct was noted: self-preservation that sometimes appears as ego sensitivity. A couple of years back, a very wise letter appeared in the New Yorker magazine in response to a previous issue’s article on … Continue reading

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Why we quarrel

Monks, wherever monks take to arguing and quarreling and fall into a dispute, stabbing each other with piercing words, I am uneasy even about directing my attention there, let alone about going there. I conclude about them: ‘Surely, those venerable … Continue reading

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How to get along with each other

From AN 10:50, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi: … Monks, it is not suitable for you clansmen who have gone forth out of faith from the household life into homelessness to take to arguing and quarreling and to fall into a … Continue reading

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Good friends

We’ll get to communal harmony soon, but for now, another thought about friendships: [The Buddha is speaking to a young man named Sigālaka:] Young man, there are these four kinds of kind-hearted friends: the friend who is helpful; the friend … Continue reading

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