Category Archives: Perfections

Appreciation in extremity

Today we have a guest post from a wise monk of my acquaintance. The protagonist of the embedded story, Ajahn Tongrat, was a teacher of Ajahn Chah’s (1918-1992). One of the lessons is that we can appreciate and welcome everything … Continue reading

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Radical compassion

Sometimes we discover ideas in the most surprising places. In a footnote in Jonathan Haidt’s book The Righteous Mind, he says this: “Only the Buddha, for example, preached compassion for all sentient beings, including animals” and then he cites a … Continue reading

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Empathy without anxiety

Our thinking mind loves to diagnose. … Certainly the intellect does have its place; it is truly useful to be able to figure out how things work but we can be over-prone to that. We can unwittingly take refuge in … Continue reading

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Non-conflict

I proclaim such a teaching that espouses non-contention with anyone in the world. (Words of the Buddha from MN 18.4) Wildmind.org recently published a relevant and helpful post titled To be less conflicted with others, be less conflicted within yourself. In it, Bodhipaksa … Continue reading

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Not my anger

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Rājagaha in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrel Sanctuary. The brahmin Akkosaka Bhāradvāja, Bhāradvāja the Abusive, heard: “It is said that another brahmin of the Bhāradvāja clan has gone forth from the household life … Continue reading

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Patience with others’ anger

There’s a story in the Pali canon about a battle between the devas (heavenly beings) and the titans (lower-ranking demi-gods) and how the victor treats the vanquished leader. [The full sutta is here: https://suttacentral.net/en/sn11.4.] Here’s an excerpt in Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation: … Continue reading

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Giving sustenance

“Monks, if people knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would they allow the stain of miserliness to obsess them and take root in their minds. Even if it … Continue reading

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