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    The Secret Life of the Street Paid Member

    THERE IS A KIND OF attentiveness that can be cultivated and deeply relished, and a whole secret life of the street that it brings to light. It gives to the human-made world almost the same kind of delight that the lover of the natural world (and I am also one of those) might take in lizard eggs, bird colonies, feathers, droppings, rocks, and lichens. It does not oppose the wild and the made worlds but conjoins them, finds their overlap and resonance, sees the wild in the made, pays to the rust stains on an old corrugated iron wall the same receptivity it gives to dewdrops delicately strung in a spider's web. It includes but goes beyond spotting and classifying. More »
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    Like a Pig In... Paid Member

    THE INDIAN MASTER Atisha (984–1052 CE) used the metaphor of a pig and its activities to illustrate the chaos which confusion causes. More »
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    Do the Thoughts Ever Stop? Paid Member

    THE BIGGEST HINDRANCE to our meditation is constant intrusive thoughts. This is normal for everyone and from the beginning you should expect it. The nature of our mind is to think, and it is childish to imagine that we can simply turn that process off when we wish to. Our minds have been almost completely out of control for most of our life. Recognizing this can help us to be practical and patient—it may take us some time and a lot of skillful practice to tame the crazy “monkey mind.” My own meditation practice was helped when I came across the instruction that while I have thoughts I am not those thoughts. When you stop to examine your thoughts you start to see that they have a life of their own, they come and go, generally in a random, idiosyncratic way. More »
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    The Quiet Life Paid Member

    Sokei-An Shigetsu Sasaki, a Japanese Zen pioneer in the West, describes some of the many differences between his American lay followers and the monks back home. More »
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    Australian Zen teacher Susan Murphy on finding solitude in the city More »
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    Like a Pig In... Paid Member

    Tibetan Buddhist teacher Geshe Sonam Rinchen isn't afraid to rub our noses in the dangers of ignorance More »