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Waking Up: A Review

| September 22, 2014 | 43 Comments
Waking Up: A Review

I still remember my excitement on encountering, in Sam Harris’ first book, The End of Faith, the suggestion that it would be possible to enjoy many of the benefits which people had traditionally sought from religion without the need to embrace religion itself.  Buddhist meditiation was one of the practices Harris mentioned as a specific example of wisdom that […]

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Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Sound

| September 10, 2014 | 4 Comments
Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Sound

Stop what you’re doing right now, and just listen. Were you surprised by all you heard? Before you stopped to listen, you may have been completely unaware of all of the sounds going on. As soon as you directed your attention to them, there they were, loud and soft, far and near, pleasant, unpleasant and […]

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Maha (the Great) Kassapa

| September 5, 2014 | 2 Comments
Maha (the Great) Kassapa

The Brahmin Maha Kassapa was the major player in the sangha (community) shortly after Gotama’s death.  He had successfully maneuvered Ananda into an all but secondary role and nobody else challenged his authority.  Keep in mind that Gotama had chosen no successor and said his teachings could stand on their own.  Perhaps we might think […]

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Tend Your Garden

| August 31, 2014 | 2 Comments
Tend Your Garden

Tending the Epicurean Garden by Hiram Crespo. Humanist Press, 2014, Hiram Crespo is engaged in the challenging task of reviving Epicureanism not just as a philosophy but also as a living practice. His book, Tending the Epicurean Garden, combines the ancient philosophy of Epicurus with tasks or practices, many of them borrowed from Buddhism. One question […]

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What We Know About What Happened After Gotama’s Death

| August 21, 2014 | 8 Comments
What We Know About What Happened After Gotama’s Death

One might wonder what happened to the Order of Monks and Nuns shortly after Gotama’s death.  There are some strong indications about what happened at Access to Insight entitled Ananda: The Guardian of the Dhamma.  I have taken the liberty to quote only parts of the entire article for the purpose of keeping those most relevant to the title […]

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Mindfulness Practice Can Affect Your Memory (for the better)

| August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mindfulness Practice Can Affect Your Memory (for the better)

Mindfulness and Psychological Process et al.   Mindfulness and Psychological Process, J. Mark G. Williams, The author reviews the articles in the Special Section on Mindfulness, starting from the assumption that emotions evolved as signaling systems that need to be sensitive to environmental contingencies. Failure to switch off emotion is due to the activation of […]

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Practice Circle: Forgiveness

| August 7, 2014 | 14 Comments
Practice Circle: Forgiveness

“He abused me, attacked me, Defeated me, robbed me!” For those carrying on like this Hatred does not end. “She abused me, attacked me, Defeated me, robbed me!” For those not carrying on like this, Hatred ends. Hatred never ends through hatred. By non-hate alone does it end. This is an ancient truth. (Dhp 3-5, […]

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