Category Archives: Patience

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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Collectedness

The last factor of the Eight-fold Path is Right Concentration. I agree with Sujato Bhikkhu in thinking that the descriptor “concentration” has misled many practitioners. So, for today, we’ll use “collectedness” instead of Right Concentration. Collectedness can be developed on … Continue reading

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Right Intention

Right view and right intention, which together make up the “wisdom” section of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path, are inseparable if we are living our daily life with the goal of reducing harm and cultivating joy. Once we start to recognize … 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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Why do things happen?

The last of the five natural laws is the over-arching law of reality, Dhamma. This includes the relationship between the conditioned [all perceivable things] and unconditioned [nibbāna] and the full physical and mental spectrum of experience. The Dhamma-niyāma is how all the … Continue reading

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The karma of physics and chemistry

In the last post, we presented an overview of five “laws” that govern our experience, according to the Buddha. Our actions and their results are the basis of one of these laws, but are not the dominant factor. Within the … Continue reading

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