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    Awareness Paid Member

    Anger,lust — these enemies of mine—Are limbless and devoid of facultiesThey have no bravery, no cleverness;How then have they reduced me to such slavery?I it is who welcome them within my heart,Allowing them to harm me at their pleasure!I who suffer all without resentment—Thus my abject patience, all displaced!If all the gods and demigods besidesTogether came against me as my foes,Their mighty strength—all this would not availTo fling me in the fires of deepest hell.And yet, the mighty fiend of my afflictions,Flings me in an instant headlong down To where the mighty lord of mountainsWould be burned, its very ashes all consumed.No other enemy indeed Has lived so long as my defiled emotions—O my enemy, afflictive passion,Endless and beginningless companion!All other foes that I appease and wait upon Will show me favors, give me every aid, More »
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    Zen Master Seung Sahn on 'Only Go Straight' Paid Member

    You say you looked in the mirror and said, "Who's that?" I ask you: the mirror face and your face—which is the correct face? Are they the same or different? If you said, "Same," I would hit your face. You would say, "Ouch!" but the mirror face does not feel anything. If you said, "Different," I would tell you that, before you were born, your face was empty; after you die, your face will be empty; so your face is empty. The reflected face is also empty, so the mirror face and your face are the same. More »
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    Journey to Enlightenment Paid Member

    From time to time in the dry and hot seasons of the year, wandering forest monks passed through Mae Chee Kaew’s farming village, Baan Huay Sai, searching for places to camp and meditate in solitude. The mountains and forests surrounding the village were areas of vast wilderness, forbidding and inhospitable, where wild animals roamed freely and malevolent spirits were said to hold sway. Out of fear, the villagers stayed away, making it an ideal place for the monks to practice their ascetic way of life in seclusion. More »
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    Compassion Restored Paid Member

    Before becoming one of the great world religion scholars of our time and a self-proclaimed “freelance monotheist,” Karen Armstrong had given up on religion. Raised in England in the years following World War II, Armstrong became a Roman Catholic nun in the order of Society of the Holy Child Jesus when she was still a teenager. After seven painful years, Armstrong left the church, frustrated and fed up with what she felt was an overly dogmatic institution. More »
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    The Bodhisattva's Gift Paid Member

    When we examine our own giving, we often discern that we give for a wide variety of reasons, often with mixed motives. Although we may have the well-being of the recipient in mind when we give, we also give in order to receive.  More »
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    The Joy of Giving Paid Member

    If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of selfishness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared, if there were someone to receive their gift. —Itivuttaka 26 More »