Buddhism

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    "The gulf between us all is imaginary." Paid Member

    We’re all in the same boat. Born as we are in this human body, we can’t escape the blessings and tortures of the human brain. From our first breath, we yearn for love and understanding in the most complicated ways imaginable. We find it most satisfying as we learn to give it. The ability to do this comes from acceptance of our frailties. By understanding the conditions of our own lives, we accept the conditions of others. Compassion is not condescension, but a leveling of the playing field, a recognition of yourself in others and an acceptance that their stress is your stress, that their happiness is your own. More »
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    Monks and Nuns Flee Bat Nha Paid Member

    Bad happenings at Bat Nha in Vietnam: HANOI — Followers of one of the world's most influential Buddhist monks said on Monday they had fled their Vietnamese monastery after threats from unidentified people armed with hammers and batons. More than 200 nuns left Bat Nha monastery for a pagoda in Lam Dong province where about 100 monks were staying after leaving Bat Nha a day earlier, said Nguyen Phuoc Loc, who is assisting the evacuees. All are devotees of Thich Nhat Hanh, a French-based Zen monk, peace activist and confidant of slain US civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Read the entire article, and see also the website of Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village for more information and to see how you can help. More »
  • Why Are You Doing This? Daily Dharma, September 28th, 2009 Paid Member

    Before you do anything, you should ask yourself why you are doing it, what is your purpose; what course of action are you embarking on. If the path ahead seems troublesome, perhaps you shouldn't take it; if it looks worthwhile, you can probably proceed. First, check up. Don't act without knowing what's in store for you. –Lama Thubten Yeshe, from “Your Mind is Your Religion,” Tricycle, Summer 2000 Read the complete article. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sign up for the Daily Dharma or Tricycle Community Newsletter More »
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    Sit Alone, Sit with Others - Daily Dharma, September 27th, 2009 Paid Member

    By sitting with others, even once a week, we reinspire our practice, while in sitting alone we learn self-reliance. Whatever technique one is using, remember that the spirit of practice is more important than the technique. Finding a way to enjoy just sitting is key. Sitting meditation is a refuge, not a test. –Narayan Liebenson Grady, from “The Refuge of Sitting,” Tricycle, Winter 2003 Read the complete article. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sign up for the Daily Dharma or Tricycle Community Newsletter More »
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    Facing Fear - Daily Dharma, September 26th, 2009 Paid Member

    Eventually, we all need to be willing to face the deepest, darkest beliefs we have about ourselves. Only in this way can we come to know that they are only beliefs, and not the truth about who we are. - Ezra Bayda, from “The Three Things We Fear Most,” Tricycle, Spring 2009 Read the complete article. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sign up for the Daily Dharma or Tricycle Community Newsletter More »
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    Improving Upon Silence Paid Member

    The most important step in developing skillful speech is to think before speaking (or writing). This is called mindfulness of speech. Few things can improve the nature of our relationships as much as the development of skillful speech. Silence offers us, and those around us, the spaciousness we need to speak more skillfully. When we speak with greater skill, our true self—our compassionate, loving self—emerges with gentle ease. More »