Category Archives: Sublime states

Dhammapada verses 98 & 99

In village, in forest, In low land, in high land: Delightful is the place Where the arahant dwells. Delightful are forests Where the public does not delight. There the passion-free [people] delight, Not seeking sensual pleasure. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 70 & 72-75

The foolish ascetic who month after month Eats food with the tip of a blade of grass Is not worth a fraction Of a person who has fathomed the Dharma. (verse 70) And if ever to his own harm the … Continue reading

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Mindfulness with Joy

In previous posts, we have considered the five hindrances as objects for cultivating mindfulness and come now to their companion list: the seven factors of awakening. They are:  mindfulness investigation-of-states energy joy tranquility concentration equipoise Gil Fronsdal has said: By … Continue reading

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Mindfulness with low energy

In the Satipaṭṭhāna sutta, which we’re using as a guide for the moment, hindrances three and four (out of five) have to do with energy, too little and too much. We are encouraged to be mindful of the hindrance of … Continue reading

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Mindfulness of causality

The Satipaṭṭhāna sutta is the canonical source from which most or all varieties of Buddhist meditation have flowed. There are different interpretations of how to practice with each of the foundations (body, feeling, mind, dharmas) but taken together, all serious … Continue reading

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Mindfulness and memory

The Buddha left us comprehensive instructions on how to develop mindfulness, our all-purpose tool for improving things. The instructions are laid out in the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta (MN10), of which there are many translations. A particularly inspiring and useful new commentary … Continue reading

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Where to start?

We all know, or at least believe, that mindfulness is a good thing, that it is far superior to its opposite, inattention or carelessness. Likewise with compassion; it’s never out of place for us to project kindness and compassion towards … Continue reading

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Denial, anger, resignation (greed, hatred, delusion)

The previous post was a little out of the ordinary because it addressed an issue that could be seen as political. Recently, I was lucky enough to have a pre-publication peek at an academic article by Ven. Analayo titled: “A … Continue reading

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Joy

We are so well primed for bad news or challenges. We take a deep breath, maybe grit our teeth, and carry on. How do we respond when something delightful happens? Especially if it’s unexpected, when we’re surprised by joy? It … Continue reading

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Good will to all

Early humans lived in a simpler world. They knew the others in their group and understood how to get along with them; how to keep appropriate distances and show dominance or deference to each person. Humans outside of their “tribe” … Continue reading

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