Category Archives: The 8-fold path

Why we quarrel

Monks, wherever monks take to arguing and quarreling and fall into a dispute, stabbing each other with piercing words, I am uneasy even about directing my attention there, let alone about going there. I conclude about them: ‘Surely, those venerable … Continue reading

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One Dharma

Suppose there was a pond with clear, agreeable cool water, transparent, with smooth banks, delightful. If a man [or woman], scorched and exhausted by hot weather, weary, parched, and thirsty, came from the east or from the west or from … Continue reading

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Understanding dukkha

One useful definition if dukkha is not getting what we want, and getting what we don’t want. We are constitutionally inclined to want stability, reliability, and predictability, even more than we want pleasure. But all of our experience is characterized … Continue reading

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What is dukkha?

A dear friend told me recently that when she heard that the first noble truth was “life is suffering”, she felt that Buddhism couldn’t be for her. This is so common a misunderstanding of the first truth that I feel … Continue reading

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Harmonious communities

Harmony in any community, whether a small group or a whole society, depends on a shared commitment to ethical conduct. … social harmony requires at a minimum that the members of any group share the conviction that there are objective … Continue reading

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Fear and refuge

Dhammapada verses 188-192, translated by Gil Fronsdal: People threatened by fear Go to many refuges; To mountains, forests, Parks, trees, and shrines. None of these is a secure refuge; None is a supreme refuge. Not by going to such a … Continue reading

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Mindfulness and thinking

One way we can catch ourselves being less honest and loving than we want to be is to keep an eye on our feelings. Another way is to try to track our thinking. The Blessed One said, “Monks, before my … Continue reading

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