Category Archives: Sublime states

What about love?

We are sometimes confused about the nature of love, and this confusion is well-founded, because love and attachment are often (or usually) intertwined. There’s a pertinent sutta in the Middle-length discourses of the Buddha, #87, “Born from those who are … Continue reading

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Tis the season

It hasn’t escaped my notice that the end of the calendar year is upon us. In most cultures, it’s a time of renewal, of celebration, of gathering, and of joy. How we perceive the activities of the season will vary … Continue reading

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Acceptance as equanimity

Anguttara Nikaya 5.57 (a sutta from the Pali canon) is a regular theme in these pages. Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation of the complete sutta can be found on the main site (AN 5.57). We’ve been thinking about equanimity, so I re-visit … 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 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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