05/30/16

Working With The Five Hindrances – Ajahn Thiradhammo

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“The theme of this book is working with the Five (Mental) Hindrances (nīvarana). It is thus perhaps mainly a book for people with some experience of meditation who have encountered these Hindrances, obstructions, disturbances to some degree, and who are interested in knowing how to work with them.” – Ajahn Thiradhammo…

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04/29/16

Does Buddhism Have A Future?

Buddha and DevasDoes Buddhism have a future? Buddhism will almost certainly continue to diversify as practitioners adapt themselves to the current harsh realities of globalisation. The issues of Rationalism, Consumerism, and Activism, are especially liable to influence future perceptions of the religion. Whether or not Buddhism remains relevant beyond the 21st century, or is viewed increasingly as anachronistic, will depend largely upon the various Buddhist schools all being much clearer on what the foundational teachings actually are…

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02/28/16

When Life Allegedly Sucks: Maintaining Resilience & Peace Of Mind

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War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death…  The world’s troubles never cease – an uncomfortable truth graphically illustrated by the 24/7 litany of horror stories being broadcast by global media corporations in all formats. The bad news is, there are no magic bullet solutions. The good news is, there are skilful behaviours for maintaining resilience and calmness…

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01/26/16

Mind & Meditation: Observations From Buddhism & Science


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Does modern science lend support to Buddhist ideas about the human mind? Does modern science lend support to the logic behind Buddhist meditation practice? After summarizing what Buddhism says about human minds and meditation, I refer to three scientific studies which may enable one to answer ‘yes’ to both questions.

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12/16/15

Misperception: The Buddha Was A Killjoy

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The Four Noble Truths sutta was the first teaching given by the Buddha after his awakening. In this teaching, the Buddha presented his enlightened understanding as a set of ennobling truths which not only diagnosed the human condition as ‘suffering’ but also prescribed a cure. On first hearing the Buddha’s diagnosis we might be tempted to object that it is overly pessimistic.  Either the Buddha is mistaken or he’s a killjoy!

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11/17/15

Give Peace A Chance

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Responsibility for the recent Paris attacks lies solely with the perpetrators. Almost certainly they will have intended for their latest hideous act to cause fear and outrage, and for the inevitable backlash to persuade more willing recruits to join their cause. Those of us who aren’t persuaded need to respond rightly, without self-righteousness…

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10/22/15

Mindfulness Off The Cushion

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An enlightened being remains equanimous under any circumstances. If awareness is present we, too, can recognise all experiences as impermanent (anicca) and unsatisfactory (dukkha), and we can remain calm because we do not mistake them as ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘mine’ or ‘self’ (anatta). However, we are unlikely to develop and maintain this ability if our practice is confined to a daily session on a cushion in the shrine room at the appointed time.

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08/29/15

The Whole Life

Buddhism and Well-being“The footsteps of the Buddha lead to a descent from the delusion of feeling ourselves to be at the controlling pinnacle and centre of the universe, to accepting the fact that we are simply no more than a grain of sand, a subsystem, a temporary and local autonomous mechanism that functions as part of a much bigger system, itself autonomous. This process of coming to terms with these immutable facts is the ‘spiritual path’.” – Dr Desmond Biddulph

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07/30/15

A Modern Sutta On Wrong View (Author Unknown)

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Recently while browsing my bookshelf I noticed a plain green spine with no writing on it. Curious, I took the book from the shelf and saw that it was A Great Occasiona celebratory publication by the Samatha Trust, marking the 25th anniversary of their national meditation centre, Greenestreete. Among the various articles and poems I found the following unattributed contribution, which I contemplated without judgement or purpose, and calmness resulted…

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