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On the Skillfulness of Refined Taste

| June 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
On the Skillfulness of Refined Taste

On the first day of a course in wine appreciation I was presented with two samples and asked to describe their aromas. They both smelled like wine. There was nothing else I could say about them. I remember thinking that that would change, and that by the end of the course I would be able to […]

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Cultivating Wisdom in an Era of Technological Change

| June 3, 2015 | 2 Comments
Cultivating Wisdom in an Era of Technological Change

My grandmother grew up in the era of the horse and buggy, but lived to see a man set foot on the Moon. When I was a kid growing up in New York we had rotary dial telephones. Personal computers were just being introduced, with green phosphorescent screens and weird command-line interfaces. The first office Xerox […]

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The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 4

| May 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 4

This is “Part 4” of a series on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s Forgiveness Challenge:   http://forgivenesschallenge.com/   which aligns with the ideas of a Secular Buddhism more than many expect (just keep reading and see for yourself).   If you haven’t read the first article, I encourage you to here: Part 1 I suspect that […]

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The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 3

| May 24, 2015 | 1 Comment
The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 3

This is “Part 3” of a series on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s Forgiveness Challenge:   http://forgivenesschallenge.com/   which aligns with the ideas of a Secular Buddhism more than many expect (just keep reading and see for yourself).   If you haven’t read the first article, I encourage you to here: Part 1 I suspect that […]

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The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 2

| May 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 2

This is “Part 2” of a series on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s Forgiveness Challenge:   http://forgivenesschallenge.com/   which aligns with the ideas of a Secular Buddhism more than many expect (just keep reading and see for yourself). If you haven’t read the first article, I encourage you to here: Part 1 I suspect that this […]

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The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 1

| May 17, 2015 | 1 Comment
The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 1

All Buddhisms place a high value on the truth, and so that is where I’ll begin: The Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, so involved in the process of reconciliation (i.e. forgiveness) in post-Apartheid South Africa, decided to take what he learned from those experiences (and those of others) and turn it into a sort of program […]

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On the Path

| May 12, 2015 | 8 Comments
On the Path

The Fourth and last Noble Truth is the most complex and important. In the suttas the Buddha gives many different understandings of the Path to nibbāna, but of those the one most associated with the Fourth Noble Truth is the Eightfold Path. This is the path of right view, right intention, right speech, right action, […]

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