Category Archives: Patience

Patience

The hindrances are not our fault, but they are our responsibility. Greed and hatred in particular are not things we should blame ourselves for; they are part of the natural, imperfect world. At the same time, if we let them … Continue reading

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Goodbye anger

Confronting our own ill-will is hard, but if we are to make any headway towards a peaceful heart (let alone liberation from all suffering) we must make the effort. Example: Let’s say someone we know makes a forceful, bossy, cutting-off … Continue reading

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Hello anger

The second of the hindrances is ill-will. It covers a lot of ground from minor irritation to rage, and includes dislike, annoyance, resentment, aversion, frustration, anger, hostility, impatience, and hate (in addition to irritation and rage). General grumpiness could also … Continue reading

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Expectations

A most revealing quote can be found in the biography of Ajahn Chah (Stillness Flowing by Ajahn Jayasaro): [Ajahn Chah] still did not find meditation easy. But he persevered, constantly observing what worked and what did not. His biggest frustration … Continue reading

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Slowing down

The third source of power in bare attention (from Ven. Nyanaponika’s essay, “The Power of Mindfulness”) is stopping and slowing down. (From the essay) In practicing bare attention, we keep still at the mental and spatial place of observation, amidst the loud … Continue reading

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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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