Buddhism

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    Mind the Gaps Paid Member

    If you start really paying attention to your own thought process—I’m talking here about the process itself and not just the contents of the individual thoughts that make it up—you’ll notice that thoughts don’t just go on and on continuously. There are little spaces between them. Most of us tend to habitually try and fill these spaces up with more thoughts as fast as we possibly can. But even the best of us can’t fill them all, so there are always little gaps. See, you might say that there are two basic kinds of thought. There are thoughts that pop up unannounced and uninvited in our brains for no reason we’re able to discern. These are just the results of previous thoughts and experiences that have left their traces in the neural pathways of our brains. You can’t do much to stop these, nor should you try. More »
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    No more mercy for Mackey Paid Member

    Elephant Journal's Buddhist-in-Chief Waylon Lewis was kinder to Whole Foods CEO John Mackey than most. Mackey's Wall St. Journal op-ed slamming "Obama Care" wasn't enough to get Way to join the call to boycott the organic foods giant. Taking a more measured approach, Way argued for tolerance in his Huffington Post blog last August ("Why I Ain't About to Boycott Whole Foods"). But that's all over now. Previously a Mackey defender, Way now writes, "I'm finally losing it, and he's finally losing me." What was Way's tipping point? News that Mackey counts himself among the global warming skeptics. More »
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    What planet is Brit Hume living on? Paid Member

    The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger would, "Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world." —Brit Hume on Tiger Woods I'd say "Forgive him for he knows not what of what he speaks" but there's nothing to forgive and no one to forgive, and I've probably said too much already. More »
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    Mind and Mind Essence Paid Member

    Essence is like the sun itself. The sun’s nature is to shine, to be warm, and to illuminate. In the same way, you should distinguish between mind and mind essence. Mind essence has all three of these qualities. It is the essence of this mind essence that is empty, the nature of this mind essence that is cognizant, and the capacity of this mind essence that is unconfined. The ground is Buddha-nature, which is unmistaken in nature, the basic state of all things. It is the natural state, which is not made by the Buddha, and not created by any ordinary being either. It’s naturally so, all by itself. That is the ultimate truth. Whether a buddha comes into this world or not, the nature of things is still the nature of things. The Buddha is someone who realizes what is true, what actually exists. More »
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    Real Freedom Paid Member

    Freedom means being able to choose how we respond to things. When wisdom is not well developed, it can be easily obscured by the provocations of others. In such cases we may as well be animals or robots. If there is no space between an insulting stimulus and its immediate conditioned response—anger—then we are in fact under the control of others. Mindfulness opens up such a space, and when wisdom is there to fill it one is capable of responding with forbearance. It’s not that anger is repressed; anger never arises in the first place. -Andrew Olendzki, "Calm in the Face of Anger," from the Fall 2006 Tricycle. Read the complete article. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. More »
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    Taking a Risk Paid Member

    In order to practice, we have to surrender, we have to take a risk. Otherwise what we’re doing is standing back in order to judge, in order to feel superior. Often the obstacle is fear: we don’t think we’ll ever succeed. And so we’d rather stand apart and be cynical, to feel protected in that way, not having to try.... We need to be able to utilize the positive energy of wondering, of wanting to know the truth for ourselves and working to do that, and not get lost in cynicism or endless speculation. - Sharon Salzberg, "Sitting on the Fence," from the Fall 2001 Tricycle. Read the complete article. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. More »