Weekly Teaching

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    Respectful Guest, May 4, 2009 Paid Member

    The Tibetan word for ego literally means “owner,” as in claiming ownership or clinging to being the owner. This indicates that ego is something extra added into the situation. This is how to understand ego or self in the Buddhist context. It doesn’t mean that being free of ego is like being switched off, like all the doors and windows are shut and there is no experience of anything ever again. In order to understand the actuality of “no owner,” no self, we need to understand two levels of reality: the seeming and the real—also called the relative and the ultimate. More »
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    The Swept Floor Never Stays Clean, April 29, 2009 Paid Member

    If you sweep the patio in November after leaves have fallen, you wouldn’t expect it to stay clean forever. The patio is like the mind. Mindfulness meditation practice can feel like sweeping the mind and clearing away the thoughts strewn about making a big mess. More »
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    Happiness Without a Fix, April 20, 2009 Paid Member

    When our search for what gives us pleasure becomes a strong pattern in our lives, we find that we are obliged to move repeatedly towards the same things—certain types of people, places, situations, sights, sounds, smells, and so on. We have accumulated impressions from the past, and when we encounter a similar impression in the present, we feel attracted towards the object that is the source of it. More »
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    Two Kinds of Suffering, April 15th, 2009 Paid Member

    The Buddha frequently used the image of fire when explaining suffering. In one well-known teaching, he describes how to the untrained mind every sense gate can be a source of suffering: “The eye is burning,” he said, “visible things are burning, the contact of the eye with visible things, be they pleasant or unpleasant, is burning.” In other words, anything you become identified with will burn you. It is either immediately a cause of suffering or will become one in time.More »
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    Opening Your Heart Paid Member

    When I was around the age of thirteen, my father took me aside and told me something that would change my life. The two of us were alone in his beaten-up old car, in a side street of one of the poorer suburbs of London. He turned to me and said this: ‘Son, whatever you do in your life, know this. The door of my house will always be open to you.’ I was only a young teenager at the time. I didn’t really understand what he meant, but I knew it was something important, so I remembered it. My father would be dead three years later. More »