Weekly Teaching

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    Thought Renunciation, April 1, 2009 Paid Member

    Renunciation is an effective way to break the “top ten tapes” we play in our heads over and over again. We know most of our thoughts well because we have thought the same thoughts repeatedly. Have you noticed that after a while they do not contribute anything to your understanding or well-being? When was the last time you had an original thought? It is a wonderful practice to renounce a thought after having it more than two or three times.More »
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    The In-Between State, March 25th, 2009 Paid Member

    We are told about the pain of chasing after pleasure and the futility of running from pain. We hear also about the joy of awakening, of realizing our interconnectedness, of trusting the openness of our hearts and minds. But we aren’t told all that much about this state of being in-between, no longer able to get our old comfort from the outside but not yet dwelling in a continual sense of equanimity and warmth. More »
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    Turn on the Light, March 18, 2009 Paid Member

    In our normal, unenlightened experience, we go through life as if stumbling around in a dark room. We bump into the table and cry out, "Stupid thing! Who put that there?" We knock over the lamp: "Argh! Somebody should've bolted that down!" Flailing about, we crash into the ottoman. "What an idiotic place for a footstool!" Unawakened, we continually encounter unseen difficulties, and compounding our problems, when we encounter such difficulties we curse and blame all those things on others. More »
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    The Wrong Road Paid Member

    A wandering ascetic, having heard of the Buddha, traveled everywhere looking for him. One night he came to stay in a house where the Buddha was also staying but, not knowing the Buddha's physical appearance, he was unaware of his presence. The next morning, he arose and continued on his way, still searching for the Buddha. More »
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    Don't Chase Your Thoughts, March 9, 2009 Paid Member

    One time when I was visiting a friend, he kept playing with his dog, throwing a plastic bone for the dog to go fetch. It not only wasn't a real bone, it wasn't even a convincing fake; pieces of meat were painted on the plastic. Yet no matter how many times he threw the bone, the dog ran after it, with great excitement. He kept chasing this plastic bone, which had no nourishment whatsoever, as if it could somehow satisfy him. Suddenly I realized: that's my mind, chasing after thoughts. The mind doesn't think it's chasing a plastic bone with pieces of meat painted on it, of course. More »
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    Cultivating Curiosity, March 2, 2009 Paid Member

    The deeply ingrained human attitude that we need to be free from problems is really one of our greatest problems. For example, when something unpleasant happens, we’ll almost always react from the deeply held belief that life should be free from discomfort and pain. We might not even be conscious of having this belief, but because we believe it, it colors (or discolors) how we relate to reality.More »