Contemplation

The meditation practice of examining all aspects of an object
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    No Magic, No Miracle Paid Member

    Purify your mind. This is how you can help society; this is how you can stop harming others and start helping them. When you work for your own liberation, you will find that you have also started helping others to come out of their misery. One individual becomes several individuals—a slow widening of the circle. There is no magic, no miracle. Work for your own peace, and you will find that you have started making the atmosphere around you more peaceful—provided you work properly. More »
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    A Few Simple Lines Paid Member

    To make my sitting practice a daily priority.To spend less time being social with strangers, online.To think twice before acting on the heart’s closings.To not expect too much, and be grateful for what is.To make room for the unavoidable unpleasantness.To not cling to pleasant things, people, or moments.To have compassion for my imperfections, and those of others.To uproot the hindrances, especially fear and anger.To view each social interaction as an opportunity to learn.To play catch with thoughts and chase away the impure ones.To move more slowly and more deliberately in the world.To be more with nature, and people, and less in my head.To rest in the breath often throughout the days.To walk each step, thankful for the earth beneath.To practice lovingkindness often, and forgive myself when I forget . . . More »
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    Hearing Silence Paid Member

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    The Power of Forgiveness Paid Member

    Forgiveness is not simple. When we have been harmed, hurt, betrayed, abandoned, or abused, forgiveness can often seem to be out of the question. And yet, unless we find some way to forgive, we will hold that hatred and fear in our hearts forever. Imagine what the world would be like without forgiveness. Imagine what it would be like if every one of us carried every single hurt, every single resentment, all the anger that came up, when we felt betrayed. If we just kept that in our hearts and never let it go, it would be unbearable. Without forgiveness, we’re forced to carry the sufferings of the past. As Jack Kornfield says, “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past.” In that sense, forgiveness is really not about someone’s harmful behavior; it’s about our own relationship with our past. More »
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    So the Darkness Shall Be the Light Paid Member

    The thing that most made my internship at a preeminent Harvard community hospital seem like a descent into what Buddhists call the hungry ghost realm was coming face to face with the limits in our modern medical approach to the natural process of aging and dying. A disturbing experience with a dying patient one night when I was on call left an indelible impression that will forever remind me of those limits. More »