Category Archives: The 8-fold path

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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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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