06/27/15

Aware & Present: Some Mindfulness Tips

The psychological problems associated with modern-day consumerist societies (unrealistic aspirations, warped opinions, extreme emotions, stress, etc.) are well documented and all too commonly felt. Similar problems appear to have existed also in the Buddha’s time, around 2500 years ago, when societies were arguably simpler. The Buddha saw that these perennial existential problems arose from delusion, aversion and craving (aka the ‘three fires’) and his solution was mindfulness…

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05/30/15

Meditation Dangers & Risk Reduction

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One may be forgiven for thinking that meditation is a risk-free activity. In the rush to sell Buddhist-style meditation as a scientifically proven, healthy lifestyle choice for the modern consumerist, the dangers are rarely mentioned.  There are dangers, however. Wrong motivation, attachment, and emotional disturbance are the dangers most likely to ensnare unwary meditators…

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02/26/15

Intuitive Awareness – Ajahn Sumedho

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“There is a huge difference between the use of the mind to think, to analyse, reason, criticise, to have ideas, perceptions, views and opinions, and intuitive awareness which is non-critical… We’re not interested in just developing our critical faculty, because usually in countries like this it’s highly developed already, but to trust in intuitive awareness (sati-sampajanna).” – Ajahn Sumedho

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12/18/14

The Real Study – Ajahn Chah

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“The eight factors of the Eightfold Path of the Buddha, the path of practice, are nothing other than this very body: two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, one tongue, and one body. This is the Path. And the mind is the one who follows the Path. Therefore both the study and the practice exist in our body, speech, and mind…” – Ajahn Chah

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12/30/13

Spaciousness

I find the absence of mental disturbance that sometimes happens during meditation to be a pleasant experience. Sometimes I can induce it by visualising the spaciousness of open moorland or the vast interior of a medieval cathedral, for example. A useful insight arising from such deep concentration is the conditionality of the tranquillity…

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03/28/13

Desire

Virtually everything we do in life revolves around satisfying our desire for whatever it is that we believe will make us happy right now or in the future.  Following our dream is actively encouraged by parents, teachers, employers, governors and sales people, for example.  In actual fact the entire socio-economic structure depends upon us all chasing our desires. In this post I challenge the commonly held assumption that desire is a good thing…

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