thus have i heard

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    A Perfect Storm Paid Member

    Why do we get angry? What— exactly—happens when we act with greed, with hatred, or with delusion? If we understood the mechanisms involved with constructing and perpetuating these toxic behaviors, it would help us to avoid, abandon, or transform them, and would contribute greatly to our learning to be generous, kind, and wise instead. The matter is explained quite succinctly in the Abhidharma-samuccaya (2.1.2), a Sanskrit text attributed to the Yogacara teacher Asanga. More »
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    Mind Like a Mirror Paid Member

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    The Other Dukkha Paid Member

    One of the more difficult parts of the Buddha’s story to reconcile with modern sensibilities is the fact that he left home, abandoning his wife and newborn son, to wander forth into the wilderness as a spiritual seeker. The interpretation of this action among the general public can be that it was a selfish act, insofar as it was oriented toward his own personal emancipation from the bonds of the human condition. More »
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    A Modest Awakening Paid Member

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    I Think I Am Paid Member

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    Busy Signal Paid Member

    When the Buddha says, “I know of no single thing more conducive to great harm than an unrestrained mind,” I think he is referring, in part, to the current penchant for multitasking. When the mind tries to do several things at once, it does not do any of them very well. This is an empirical fact proven by numerous experiments, and it is easy to test out for yourself: try texting a message while catching the latest baseball scores on the radio and discussing some recent relationship difficulty with your partner. More »