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    37 Practices of the Bodhisattva - Verse 7 Paid Member

    Ken McLeod continues his commentary on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with Verse 7. Watch the other videos here. 7 Locked up in the prison of their own patterning Whom can ordinary gods protect? Who can you count on for refuge? Go for refuge in the Three Jewels — this is the practice of a bodhisattva. 1. What do you take refuge in and why? That is, when things get difficult, what, really, do you rely on?2. What challenges do you face in letting go of your habitual refuge and relying on your own experience? More »
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    Generosity and Freedom Paid Member

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    Spacious, Nothing Special Paid Member

    What was most remarkable about Charlotte Joko Beck was her spaciousness. Being with her was sharing this spaciousness, which is ours - though we often miss it. Joko translated this into practice to allow others to taste it and see what attachments and self-centeredness were hindering and obscuring this. Though some got caught up in particular methods of working with clinging and emotional reactions, Joko encouraged observing, noticing reactions and bodily experiencing to “pop” into the present. More »
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    Making Amends Paid Member

    Made a list of all those we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. How far were we to go in making our amends to those we had harmed? Should we move to a yurt in the woods? reduce our carbon footprint? become an advocate for third world countries whose environments had been decimated by our greed for cheap disposable products? And what was the purpose of such an exercise? Was it to assuage our guilt, or were we actually expected to right our ecological wrongs? More »
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    The Greatest Danger Paid Member

    How do we live with the fact that we are destroying our world? Because of social taboos, despair at the state of our world and fear for our future are rarely acknowledged or expressed directly. The suppression of despair, like that of any deep recurring response, contributes to the numbing of the psyche. Expressions of anguish or outrage are muted, deadened as if a nerve had been cut. This refusal to feel impoverishes our emotional and sensory life. We create diversions for ourselves as individuals and as nations in the fights we pick, the aims we pursue, and the stuff we buy. More »
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    Primordial Soup Paid Member

    Greed and hatred are efficient survival tools. Deeply embedded in the operating system of sentient beings, perhaps from the days when a brain stem first developed in vertebrates, these instincts trigger behaviors that enable a creature to seek out and chase down the food it needs and to call forth the ferocity required to kill its prey or fight for its life. Each is an opposite expression of the same primordial force: desire. Greed is the desire to get and hold on to what one wants, while hatred is the desire to ignore or destroy what one does not want. They require little or no understanding, function best at rudimentary levels of consciousness, and thus thrive in conditions of ignorance and delusion. More »