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    Train Your Mind, Slogan 10 Paid Member

    10. Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself.You may want to develop greater compassion and the ability to take on the suffering of others, but what about yourself? What about your own suffering? According to this slogan, that is where you start. You begin by recognizing your own suffering. More »
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    Green Koans: Shakyamuni Touches the Earth Paid Member

    View from Denisova Cave in southern Siberia, where archaeologists recently recovered mitochondrial DNA from the finger-bone of an early hominid  More »
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    Martine Batchelor Week 3 Q & A Paid Member

    1. Isn't "creatively engaging" experience trying to manipulate experience? Isn't the teaching to just let the experience happen. Also, if obsessions return and return, isn't just letting them happen and watching them, rather than making them go away, the right way to engage them? Thank you! Martine responds:It depends what effect the obsessions have on the person who has them. If you keep thinking 'I must hit this guy, I must hit him'. It is likely that at some point you might end up doing it, which might not be the best thing to do. More »
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    Train Your Mind, Slogan 9 Paid Member

    9. In all activities train with slogans.Pretty much anything we do can be joined with slogan practice. If you study and memorize the slogans, you will find that slogans appropriate to the occasion will pop up on their own. You can find ways to remind yourself, as well. You could keep a set of slogan cards on your desk, which you could buy or create in your own style. You could read and study the many commentaries on the practice. Once you understand the underlying point—to increase loving-kindness and concern for others and to decrease self-absorption and ego fixation—you can make up our own slogan. One suited to where you feel most stuck. More »
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    Martine Batchelor Week 2 Q & A Paid Member

    Martine,From your experience, what do you find are the differences (if any) between vipassana and zazen?--Andre More »
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    Train Your Mind, Slogan 8 Paid Member

    8. Three objects, three poisons, and three seeds of virtue. Three Objects: Labeling our WorldOne way of looking at this slogan is that it is about the power of labels. It is about the way we categorize our world and what happens as a result. At a crude level and very quickly we are always sizing people up. We put the people we deal with into mental bins such as “friend,” “enemy” or “not worth bothering with.” We do this both individually and collectively. More »