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    Cooling Emotional Fires Paid Member

    The destructive effects of anger are easily recognized. When even mild annoyance arises, it can quickly grow and overwhelm us. Inner peace is lost. If we look at how anger arises, we see that it usually happens when we feel unheard, unseen, or unfairly treated. If in that moment we look within, we may sense a feeling that anger can help us get even with the offending person or change the vexing situation. So the anger that arises can seem to have value, but in reality it cannot. There might be some logic to responding with anger if it could negate the offense that has taken place, but that cannot happen because the deed has already occurred. So anger cannot reduce or prevent the perceived wrong. More »
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    The Three Refuges Paid Member

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    On the Contagious Power of Presence Paid Member

    Being present is based on the cultivation of mindfulness in whatever we do. Through mindfulness, we develop greater composure and a heightened sensitivity to nonverbal communication. Then, to the extent that we ourselves are present, we can radiate that same quality outward to the people around us. It is hard to be generous, disciplined, or patient if we are not fully present. If we are present and attentive, and our mind is flexible, we are more receptive to the environment around us. When we are working with the dying, this ability to pick up on the environment is invaluable. The more present we are, the more we can tune in to what is happening. At the same time, that quality of presence is contagious. The dying person picks up on it. The people around him pick up on it. Presence is a powerful force. It settles the environment so that people can begin to relax. More »
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    Introduction to the Precepts Paid Member

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    Stepping into Groundlessness Paid Member

    Pema Chödrön is a spiritual icon and one of the most influential and recognizable Buddhists in the world. A bestselling author and prolific teacher, she has touched the lives of countless individuals and in turn is fervently adored by many people, and not just Buddhists. But the Pema I am drawn to—and I imagine most Pema Chödrön fans out there feel the same way—is not just a celebrity, but a real-world Buddhist nun who works with her mind and doesn't sugarcoat the truth. Genuine, playful, kind, and humble, the secret to Pema's success seems to be that she has no secret. She is able to help people work with fear and confusion because she has worked with her own fear and confusion. There's no wizard behind the curtain. There's just Pema, and she's practicing just as we can. More »
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    37 Practices of the Bodhisattva - verse 9 Paid Member

    Ken McLeod continues his commentary on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with Verse 9. Watch the other videos here. 9The happiness of the three worlds disappears in a moment,
 Like a dewdrop on a blade of grass.
 The highest level of freedom is one that never changes.
 Aim for this—this is the practice of a bodhisattva. What is your experience of achieving a sense of freedom in life? What stands in the way? For more of Ken McLeod's teachings, visit Unfettered Mind. More »