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    Soteriology & Apotheosis Paid Member

    if you could imagine,or visualize the entire Wheel of Time mandala in the drop the size of amustard seed at the tip on one’s nose & see the whites of the eyes of 722deities all rooting for the enlightened you the wide-awake youif you could imagine an enemy who would it be?visualize the whites of their eyesdon’t shoot!would it not be the proverbial enemy within (why did my brain incubate all those long years . . . ) plotting its great overthrow & thrust of all that stuff toward its own sweetentropyguarded in the night why would you not travel in this kind of visualization what not accomplish with 24 arms as you shift the ecliptic . . . . .From Manatee/Humanity, © 2009 by Anne Waldman. Reprinted with permission from Penguin. More »
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    Bliss is a By-Product Paid Member

    Most of what we are told about awakening sounds like a sales pitch for enlightenment. In a sales pitch, we are told only the most positive aspects; we may even be told things that are not actually true. In the sales pitch for awakening, we are told that enlightenment is all about love and ecstasy, compassion and union, and a host of other positive experiences. It is often shrouded in fantastic stories, so we come to believe that awakening has to do with miracles and mystical powers. One of the most common sales pitches includes describing enlightenment as an experience of bliss. As a result, people think, “When I spiritually awaken, when I have union with God, I will enter into a state of constant ecstasy.” This is, of course, a deep misunderstanding of what awakening is. More »
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    Come Together Paid Member

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    Don’t Bite the Hook Paid Member

    In Tibetan there is a word that points to the root cause of aggression, the root cause also of craving. It points to a familiar experience that is at the root of all conflict, all cruelty, oppression, and greed. This word is shenpa. The usual translation is “attachment,” but this doesn’t adequately express the full meaning. I think of shenpa as “getting hooked.” Another definition, used by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, is the “charge”—the charge behind our thoughts and words and actions, the charge behind “like” and “don’t like.” Here’s an everyday example: Someone criticizes you. She criticizes your work or your appearance or your child. In moments like that, what is it you feel? It has a familiar taste, a familiar smell. More »
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    Fruitless Labor Paid Member

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    Looking Inward, Seeing Outward Paid Member

    Sometimes modern people misunderstand Buddhism’s focus on the individual human journey as well as its injunction to people to find out who they are and to seek their own ultimate fulfillment. With our Western suspicions of meditation, of looking within— and, frankly, our fear of being alone—not infrequently, we tend to reject the inward looking of Buddhism as somehow disconnected from the social context and disloyal to it. More »