Category Archives: The 8-fold path

What is delusion?

We can experience greed and hatred clearly, but what about delusion? The third of the classic “unwholesome roots” usually remains hidden from us. Delusion can be considered ignorance or the opposite of wisdom. Delusion means not recognizing our greed and … Continue reading

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Developing mindfulness

Through all our discussion of the hindrances, the common tool we’ve been pointing to is mindfulness. Here at the end of the year, it will be good to pause and assess how well-developed our mindfulness is. Some of us have … Continue reading

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Expectations

A most revealing quote can be found in the biography of Ajahn Chah (Stillness Flowing by Ajahn Jayasaro): [Ajahn Chah] still did not find meditation easy. But he persevered, constantly observing what worked and what did not. His biggest frustration … Continue reading

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The Deathless

When Buddhist teachers talk about “the deathless” as a transcendent state, beyond life and death, nibbana, what are they talking about? It’s not the death of the body, it’s the end of identifying with the body or any of the … Continue reading

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Facing the end

The last of the three “messengers”, and the three universal forms of dukkha, is death. While all of us know, at least intellectually, that no one lives forever, most of us are determinedly reluctant to allow this knowledge to be fully … Continue reading

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Clear seeing

From Ven. Nyanaponika’s essay, “The Power of Mindfulness”, the four sources of power in bare attention are: the functions of “tidying-up” and “naming” exercised by bare attention; its non-violent, non-coercive procedure; the capacity of stopping and slowing down; the directness … Continue reading

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Slowing down

The third source of power in bare attention (from Ven. Nyanaponika’s essay, “The Power of Mindfulness”) is stopping and slowing down. (From the essay) In practicing bare attention, we keep still at the mental and spatial place of observation, amidst the loud … Continue reading

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