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    Dharma 101 Paid Member

    Dharma 101 is a sampling of the questions that commonly arise in the course of practice. In some cases, Buddhist teachers themselves identified the questions they most frequently hear from students. To those, we brought experiences from workshops, retreats, and classes—and asked some questions of our own. While the inquiries may sound familiar to many dharma practitioners, the responses may not. This may point to a difference in view or understanding between teachers. Or it may indicate a difference in tradition. More »
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    The Fourth Noble Truth Paid Member

    THE  BUDDHA TO HIS COMPANIONS at the Deer Park: “The fourth truth is the path which leads to the cessation of suffering. It is the Noble Eightfold Path of right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. More »
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    The First Teachings Paid Member

    THE FIRST TIME I heard my Buddhist teachers explain the Four Noble Truths—beginning  with "life is dukkha" (unsatisfying, painful by its very nature, unreliable even when it is pleasant because it is always  changing)—I thought, "They're telling the truth. These people are talking about exactly what I'm worried about. They know what the real problem is. And they promise a solution." More »
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    What Is Enlightenment? Paid Member

    SHUNRYU SUZUKI ROSHI (1904-1971), founder of Zen Center San Francisco and author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, was known to discourage questions about enlightenment. Once, when pressed on the subject, he replied, What do you want to know for? You may not like it. —Suzuki Roshi Image: The characters for "beginner's mind" in calligraphy by Suzuki Roshi, courtesy of Weatherhill Inc. More »
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    I've Been Meditating for Ten Years, and I'm Still Angry. What's the Matter with Me? Paid Member

    WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? You're angry! If you are angry and you meditate to get rid of your anger, you will only frustrate yourself. Meditate because you are angry, not to eliminate it. Thich Nhar Hanh says we must learn how to hold anger like a baby: we need to learn how to be angry, not how to express or repress it. Whenever we take any emotion and make it into an It (as in "I can't stand it any longer" or "I have to get it out of my system"), we are in trouble. More »