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August 28, 2017
by The Dalai Lama

My precious tutor usually maintained a humble and modest demeanor. In times of crisis for the country and the Buddha’s teaching, however, he was not modest and revealed a powerful and decisive side. Here is one example. In 1951, when we were staying in Dromo, there were conflicting opinions in the Tibetan government on whether we...

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My precious tutor usually maintained a humble and modest demeanor. In times of crisis for the...

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May 8, 2017
by Tamara Levitt

This weekend the cherry blossoms took full bloom. It’s always an exciting time when for just two weeks each year, these magical trees can be appreciated. The park was crowded with people taking photos and admiring their beauty.

There’s a great lesson to be found in the ephemeral nature of cherry blossoms. Since we know...

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This weekend the cherry blossoms took full bloom. It’s always an exciting time when for just two...

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January 10, 2017
by The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

The following is an excerpt from Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society.

Freedom is a powerful idea. But I am not sure we are always very clear what we have in mind when we speak of it. Does freedom mean doing whatever we feel like in any given moment? Does it mean...

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The following is an excerpt from ...

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April 27, 2016
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

At Savatthi, King Pasenadi of Kosala said to the Blessed One: “Venerable sir, is anyone who is born free from aging and death?”

“Great king, no one who is born is free from aging and death. Even those affluent khattiyas—rich, with great wealth and property, with abundant gold and silver, abundant treasures and commodities...

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At Savatthi, King Pasenadi of Kosala said to the Blessed One: “Venerable sir, is anyone who is...

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April 20, 2016
by Mahasi Sayadaw

The practice of morality is not as exhaustive for laypeople as it is for monks. The purposes of laypeople are served by either the five precepts or the eight precepts topped with right livelihood (ājīvaṭṭhamakasīla). One may wonder how these two forms of morality can serve equally well when some of their precepts differ. It is...

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The practice of morality is not as exhaustive for laypeople as it is for monks. The purposes of...

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April 13, 2016
by Matthew Bortolin

 “Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.”

“You mean it controls your actions?”

“Partially. But it also obeys your commands.”

—OBI-WAN KENOBI AND LUKE SKYWALKER IN A NEW HOPE

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 “Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.”

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