Category Archives: Mindfulness

Sustainability

Developing the Eightfold Path in ourselves is the work of a lifetime. How can we stay oriented towards progress on the path when life is often disconcerting and demanding? It’s an important question. As input options, some people prefer listening … Continue reading

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Right Mindfulness

In the middle of the “concentration” group of factors on the Buddha’s Eightfold Path, between Right Effort and Right Concentration, is Right Mindfulness. In English, the term mindfulness has become almost meaningless through overuse and mis-use. My goal is to … Continue reading

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Finding the center, part 2 of 2

[Continued from previous post, “Finding the Center” in chapter 2 of Untangling Self by Andrew Olendzki] At some point all this tranquility devolves into sleepiness, laziness, or a sluggishness of mind where it seems a struggle just to remain conscious. … Continue reading

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Finding the center, part 1 of 2

Friends, I’ll be away from an internet connection for a while, so I’ve scheduled a special treat from Andrew Olendzki’s book, Untangling Self: A Buddhist Investigation of Who We Really Are, published by Wisdom Publications. It is taken verbatim from … Continue reading

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The karma of psychology

We’ve been considering the five natural “laws” of karma, and we now come to the law of mind (citta-niyāma).  We might think that we control our thoughts, but as any meditator knows, the mind goes where it wants to, when it wants … Continue reading

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Actions and results

The third of the five Laws of Nature that describe the full spectrum of karma is the one we are probably most familiar with: our individual intentions and actions, the effects that take shape due to our choices. In the … Continue reading

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The bottom line

The four “divine abodes” are mettā (boundless kindness), karunā (compassion), muditā (sympathetic joy), and upekkhā (equilibrium). We’ve spent some time on the first three, and now we come to the fourth, upekkhā, often translated as equanimity. Once again, it’s a Pali word with no precise translation into English. Upekkhā … Continue reading

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