The "Teaching of the Elders," rooted in the earliest complete teachings of the Buddha
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    Hunting and Gathering the Dharma Paid Member

    Dawn. I'm sitting at the edge of a mesa in southern Utah. Above me is a vast, pale expanse of sky; below me, the town of Rockville; and beyond it rise the rose—and salmon—colored cliffs of Zion National Park. If this were Thailand, I could go down into Rockville for alms. Then I'd be free to wander the mesas—meditating under rock ledges by day and on top of them by night—for weeks on end. As it is, the friend who drove me here will soon be fixing our meal, and in only a few days we'll have to retUrn to our responsibilities in California: his to his family, mine to my monastery. More »
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    Blinded by Views Paid Member

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    A Monk Dressing Paid Member

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    A Perfect Storm Paid Member

    Why do we get angry? What— exactly—happens when we act with greed, with hatred, or with delusion? If we understood the mechanisms involved with constructing and perpetuating these toxic behaviors, it would help us to avoid, abandon, or transform them, and would contribute greatly to our learning to be generous, kind, and wise instead. The matter is explained quite succinctly in the Abhidharma-samuccaya (2.1.2), a Sanskrit text attributed to the Yogacara teacher Asanga. More »
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    Inviting Fear Paid Member

    Above all, a materialistic society desires certainty—it seeks to guarantee it; passes laws to enforce it; wipes our the pathogens that threaten it; and lets everyone have guns to protect it. Even the seemingly innocuous habits of inking in plans and clinging to beliefs and opinions are the reverse-image of the uncertainties that the heart yearns to be certain about. Yet, if we seek security in that which is inherently uncertain, dukkha, or discontent, is the inevitable result. More »
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    A Thousand Lives Away: Buddhism in Contemporary Burma Paid Member

    A Thousand Lives Away: Buddhism in Contemporary Burma By Winston J. King, forward by Edward Conze. Reissued by Asian Humanities Press: Fremont, California, 1990, 238 pp., paper, $15.95. More »