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    Dropping Distraction Paid Member

    Digital distractions plague all of us to varying extents, preventing us—myself included—from doing the things we want to do. This is a guide for anyone who wants to devote time to practice . . . but ends up fooling around online or playing iPhone trivia games (is that just me?) instead.Recognize When it Happens. One of the insidious things about the distraction habit is that we often don’t even realize it’s happening. It sneaks up on us, like old age, and before we know it we’re addicted and powerless. But we’re not really. The power we have is our awareness, and you can develop it right now. Start paying attention to what sites you visit, how often you’re looking at your phone, how long you’re spending in front of a screen all day. More »
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    Great Faith, Great Doubt, Great Determination Paid Member

    First: great faith; second: great doubt; third: great determination. These are like the three legs of a tripod. It is uncertain whether we can accomplish the dharma if one of these three legs is missing. If all three are present, however, we would be more likely to miss the ground with a hammer than we would be to miss enlightenment. More »
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    Cultivating Compassion Paid Member

    Metta meditation is a practice of cultivating understanding, love, and compassion by looking deeply, first for ourselves and then for others. Once we love and take care of ourselves, we can be much more helpful to others. Metta meditation can be practiced in part or in full. Just saying one line of the metta meditation will already bring more compassion and healing into the world. To love is, first of all, to accept ourselves as we actually are. That is why in this love meditation, “Know thyself” is the first practice of love. When we practice this, we see the conditions that have caused us to be the way we are. This makes it easy for us to accept ourselves, including our suffering and our happiness at the same time. More »
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    Tangled in Thought Paid Member

    Akase padam natthi, samano natthi bahire,  Papancabhirata paja, nippapanca tathagata. There are no footprints in the sky; You won’t find the sage out there. The world delights in conceptual proliferation (papanca). Buddhas delight in the ending of that (nippapanca). Akase padam natthi, samano natthi bahire, Sankhara sassatta natthi, natthi buddhanam injitam. There are no footprints in the sky; You won’t find the sage out there. There are no eternal conditioned things.  Buddhas never waver. More »
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    Soothing the Hot Coals of Rage Paid Member

    Meditation soothes the hot coals of inner rage and helps us suffer less. Through meditation, we teach the mind to ride the energies of rage without battle so that we become aware of what we deeply know and need in order to heal. When we meditate, we are training the mind to stop feeding a pain pattern—our disguises of rage that have been conditioned by how we’ve been touched by life’s challenges. More »
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    The Way of Ryokan Paid Member