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January 6, 2016
by Ajahn Brahm

Excerpt from Kindfulness by Ajahn Brahm.

In this section, I’m going to introduce you in detail to the first part of kindfulness, present-moment awareness and breath meditation.

This kind of meditation unfolds in stages. You may wish to go briskly through the practices described in this little book...

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Excerpt from Kindfulness by...

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December 31, 2015
by C. W. Huntington, Jr.

“Excuse me, Anantacharya-ji.”

“Yes? Please speak up.” He raised both bare feet off the floor and tucked  them in under the folds of his dhoti.

“I was taught—maybe I simply assumed—that Indian philosophers wrote in verse to make it easier to memorize the texts. Is that so?”

He studied my face. “And why we...

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“Excuse me, Anantacharya-ji.”

“Yes? Please speak up.” He raised both bare feet off the...

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December 11, 2015
by Gerry Stribling

In meditation, we watch ourselves breathe.

In real life, sometimes we’re compelled to watch others breathe (sleeping lovers and sick children come to mind). I like to tell people about when I lived at an elephant bath in Sri Lanka—and found it mesmerizing to watch elephants lie utterly still on their sides in shallow...

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In meditation, we watch ourselves breathe.

In real life, sometimes we’re compelled to...

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December 2, 2015
by Deborah Schoeberlein David

For many of us, there comes a time when we realize, viscerally and profoundly, that living a spiritual practice is what really matters, but paradoxically, that moment comes from training.

For me, the epiphany came when my father passed away this past summer. Although his health had been fragile for some time, I hadn’t...

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For many of us, there comes a time when we realize, viscerally and profoundly, that living a...

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November 25, 2015
by The Dalai Lama

The Four Noble Truths and Causation

The core teachings of the Buddha are grounded in the four noble truths. These are the foundation of the Buddhist teaching. The four noble truths are the truth of suffering, its origin, the possibility of cessation of suffering, and the path leading...

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The Four Noble Truths and Causation

The core...

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November 16, 2015
by Ajahn Brahm

When you aren’t easily satisfied, when you’re demanding and full of wants, you also get restless. When you don’t get what you want, your desires grow, and you get into a terrible cycle of wanting. you know what it’s like sometimes when you’re desperate: you don’t want to walk, you don’t want to sit down, you don’t want...

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When you aren’t easily satisfied, when you’re demanding and full of wants, you also...

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