Category Archives: The 8-fold path

Body-awareness

The Buddha gave a useful listing of ways in which we could cultivate mindfulness in daily life: When going forward and returning one acts clearly knowing; when looking ahead and looking away one acts clearly knowing; when flexing and extending … Continue reading

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Memory and memorization

What is the role of memory? Our thoughts contain memories of events that happened and also things that we’ve chosen to learn and remember. In the first category, if we experienced an early trauma, we are not likely to forget … Continue reading

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What direction?

This post is a consideration of aim. As a mindfulness challenge, can we name a direction that we are aiming our life? Or do we have several goals, some of which might conflict with each other? Or are we making … Continue reading

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Dharma in a nutshell

When we hear or read the Buddha’s teachings we might feel a spark of recognition and think, “Yes, that makes sense”. But what happens after that moment of understanding? Do we integrate and make use of our understanding? Is it … Continue reading

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Weather dukkha

It’s easy to notice how much extreme weather is affecting all parts of our planet recently. Humans have always been close observers of weather patterns, but something seems to be different now. Perhaps it’s that we have better measurement tools, … Continue reading

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Freedom

Freedom is one of those words that can be used in different contexts to have very different meanings. The type of freedom most often spoken of is freedom from constraints of various kinds, i.e., license. Yet each of us lives within … Continue reading

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Useful questions

We ask ourselves and others questions all the time. Can we sort out the useful questions, the ones that will lead to greater clarity, from the useless ones? I’m a long way from my 20’s, but I remember how confusing … Continue reading

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