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    Coming, Going Paid Member

    Empty-handed I entered the worldBarefoot I leave it.My coming, my going—Two simple happeningsThat got entangled. From Japanese Death Poems, compiled by Yoel Hoffman. © 1998 Tuttle Publishing. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. Read more death poems here. Illustration by Roberto La Forgia More »
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    Meeting Mara Paid Member

    The path to uncovering our heart’s positive qualities is a radical one. It is fraught with the demons of the heart/mind that in Buddhism we call Mara. Mara is the aspect of heart/mind that creates roadblocks, gives excuses, procrastinates, and urges us to avoid all the unpleasant mind states that accompany the healing of awakening. Mara is the inner experience of all forms of addiction, greed, hatred, and delusion. Mara will attack with vengeance at times, for by committing to the heart’s liberation, we are committing to facing Mara directly. More »
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    Capable Compassion Paid Member

    Compassion is not just an emotion one might feel after reading something sad or heartbreaking. Our compassion is a source of energy and strength. It is the basis for our actions in the world. From Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us, by Tai Moses © 2014 Parallax Press. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. More »
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    Like a Mirage Paid Member

    Distorted perceptions are like a mirage. Deceived by a mirage, a deer runs quickly toward what it perceives as water. As he runs, he sees that the water-like mirage is still far ahead of him. So he keeps running toward it to drink. When he is even more tired and thirsty, he stops and looks back. Then he sees that he has gone past the water. When he runs back, he perceives that the water is ahead of him. So he runs back and forth until he is exhausted and falls to the ground. More »
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    A Few Simple Lines Paid Member

    To make my sitting practice a daily priority.To spend less time being social with strangers, online.To think twice before acting on the heart’s closings.To not expect too much, and be grateful for what is.To make room for the unavoidable unpleasantness.To not cling to pleasant things, people, or moments.To have compassion for my imperfections, and those of others.To uproot the hindrances, especially fear and anger.To view each social interaction as an opportunity to learn.To play catch with thoughts and chase away the impure ones.To move more slowly and more deliberately in the world.To be more with nature, and people, and less in my head.To rest in the breath often throughout the days.To walk each step, thankful for the earth beneath.To practice lovingkindness often, and forgive myself when I forget . . . More »