Theravada

The "Teaching of the Elders," rooted in the earliest complete teachings of the Buddha
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    The Four Protective Meditations Paid Member

    Watch Bhikkhu Bodhi's retreat here. More »
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    Moral Health Paid Member

    Research over the past decades has shown pretty convincingly that physical health is influenced by the quality of the nutrients we ingest, the activities we engage in, and the habits that guide our behaviors. Such quality is measured on a sliding scale between healthy and unhealthy. If we eat unhealthy foods, engage in unhealthy behaviors, and develop unhealthy habits, then the outcome will be unhealthiness. The reverse is equally true, when healthy modes of living replace unhealthy ones. This is a matter of understanding the biological laws of nature; it has nothing to do with moral judgment or religious decree. More »
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    Primordial Soup Paid Member

    Greed and hatred are efficient survival tools. Deeply embedded in the operating system of sentient beings, perhaps from the days when a brain stem first developed in vertebrates, these instincts trigger behaviors that enable a creature to seek out and chase down the food it needs and to call forth the ferocity required to kill its prey or fight for its life. Each is an opposite expression of the same primordial force: desire. Greed is the desire to get and hold on to what one wants, while hatred is the desire to ignore or destroy what one does not want. They require little or no understanding, function best at rudimentary levels of consciousness, and thus thrive in conditions of ignorance and delusion. More »
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    From Thought to Stillness Paid Member

    I am struck by the way many of us hold the dharma to a strict interpretation of the suttas, as if Buddhism could be conveyed by only one possible translation and intention. When we have questions, many of us look to the Pali scholars for the derivation of a phrase or word, seeking its exact meaning, and we often confine our own practice to that explicit definition, even if the suggested wording runs counter to our insights. We must be careful not to know too much or interpret too precisely what the Buddha meant, because that intellectual knowing may distract us from the realization of his message and leave little room to probe the depth of his teaching in personally meaningful ways. If we look upon the suttas with a little more ease, the foundation of his teaching clearly emerges and the mystery of his message invites our own exploration. More »
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    Generosity as a Practice Paid Member

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    The Path Paid Member

    Just this          is the path—there is no other—to purify vision.          Follow it,and that will be Mara's          bewilderment.Following it,you put an endto suffering and stress.I have taught you this pathhaving known—for your knowing—the extraction of arrows.It's for you to strive          ardently.Tathagatas simplypoint out the way.Those who practice,absorbed in jhana:           from Mara's bonds           they'll be freed. More »