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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 Good Shepherd Paid Member

    I want to discuss meditation. This is because meditation provides the essential tool for all our practices, including the ngondro practices [the foundation practices of Tibetan Buddhism], and because nowadays meditation means different things to different people. In order to establish a common understanding, I want to recount one of my own earliest introductions to meditation. More »
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    Forget Happiness Paid Member

    The happiness of the three worlds disappears in a moment,Like a dewdrop on a blade of grass.The highest level of freedom is one that never changes.Aim for this—this is the practice of a bodhisattva. The pursuit of happiness for its own sake is a fool’s errand. As a goal it is frivolous and unrealistic—frivolous because happiness is a transient state dependent on many conditions, and unrealistic because life is unpredictable and pain may arise at any time. More »