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    Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness Paid Member

    The Buddha formulated the four close applications of mindfulness as antidotes to four habitual misunderstandings that are the root of suffering in everyday life. We mistake the aggregation of mental and physical phenomena called the body for the abode of a real self. We mistake feelings aroused toward apparent phenomena for genuine happiness. We mistake the mind for a real self. And we mistake apparent phenomena for real objects. These mistakes lead to distorted perceptions, thoughts, and views that generate mental afflictions like sensual craving and hostility, which produce endless unnecessary suffering. More »
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    The Heart of the Revolution Paid Member

    The Buddha was a revolutionary, a radical advocate for personal and social transformation. He rejected the religious forms of his time and renounced all forms of greed, hatred, and delusion. He dedicated his life to going "against the stream," to the subversive path of an outlaw transient. He wasn't afraid to speak out against the ignorance in this world's political, social, and religious structures, but he did so from a place of love and kindness, from an enlightened compassion that extended to all living beings. The Buddha's teachings are not a philosophy or a religion; they are a call to action, an invitation to revolution.-Noah Levine, The Heart of the Revolution More »
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    Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness by Chögyam Trungpa Paid Member

    Work, sex, and money: these are among the most powerful elements of everyday life, and they are topics that preoccupy us, almost every day. In relationship to work, innumerable books, articles, TV programs and internet sites give career advice, tell you how to dress for the workplace, deal with bullies or bosses, ask for a raise, or be an effective manager.  Our obsession with sex and relationships is addressed, and titillated, in print and by film, television and the internet, whether we prefer fiction, the tabloids, or “reality” TV. Money has become an increasing source of anxiety. How to save, how to spend wisely, how to make more money, how to do more with less, exhilaration when the stock market rises, panic when we lose our job: we have lots of issues with money. More »
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    Ordinary Recovery: Mindfulness, Addiction, and the Path of Lifelong Sobriety Paid Member

    Let me offer you two autumn fragments from a larger story, many seasons long. More »
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    Sex and the Spiritual Teacher Paid Member

    This book is about spiritual teachers who have sex with their students, the suffering that such encounters often cause, and what all of us can do about it. This is not a book of finger-pointing or whistle-blowing. Nor does it defend or apologize for spiritual teachers who lose their way. In fact, as we will see, the more we attack or defend wayward teachers, the more we encourage their waywardness. Instead, this book is intended to create greater safety and spiritual intimacy between spiritual teachers and their students, and among members of spiritual communities. More »
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    Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra Paid Member

    Diminutive yet striking in his signature white robes and white hat, Munindra was an enthusiastic, energetic, and immensely inquisitive Bengali meditation master who had a profound impact on people everywhere he went, even on many who never met him. Those whose lives he touched remember him not only for his erudition and expert guidance but, most importantly, for his embodiment of dharma—he lived what he taught. Through his presence and actions, Munindra made otherwise abstract ideals come alive. Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra focuses on those ideals or qualities that lead to awakening: mindfulness, compassion, loving-kindness, determination, conviction, integrity, generosity, delight, curiosity, one-pointedness of mind, equanimity, relinquishment, wisdom, patience, vigor, and virtuous conduct. More »