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July 6, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

Today is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, and all of us at Wisdom would like to wish him good health and long life, and thank him for the many mind- and heart-opening teachings he’s given the world. We’ve been honored to publish many of those teachings in the form of books that we hope express what His Holiness names...

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Today is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, and all of us at Wisdom would like to wish...

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June 30, 2015
by C. W. Huntington, Jr.

Excerpt from Maya: A Novel by C. W. Huntington, Jr. Please note: this excerpt contains strong language.

My alarm went off just before sunrise. Today I would meet Nortul. If I were going to arrive at Delhi University by midmorning, I needed to get an early start. I knew the...

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June 24, 2015
by Muso Soseki

Does the spiritual life demand starkness and sacrifice? Can we follow our spiritual aspirations when we still have connections to the material world? In this excerpt from Dialogues in a Dream, Zen master Musō Soseki addresses this timeless matter.

Question: If there is no...

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Does the spiritual life demand starkness and sacrifice? Can we follow our spiritual...

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June 17, 2015
by Venerable Sumanasara

Excerpt from Freedom from Anger by Venerable Sumanasara.

1. You Have the Power to be Happy. As you can see, our feelings are subject to powerful influences from the outside world. But, to be clear, information from the outside world by itself does not orient our...

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June 15, 2015
by Bhante Gunaratana

Excerpt from the “Techniques for Overcoming Hindrances” section of Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana.

Sensual Desire

Symptoms: Distracting thoughts about what you want to get, do, have, or attain. Most of our distracting thoughts have an element of wanting...

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Excerpt from the “Techniques for Overcoming Hindrances” section of ...

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June 9, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

Excerpted from Dialogues in a Dream: The Life and Zen Teachings of Muso Soseki (transalted by Thomas Yuho Kirchner). 

Question: The Buddha, in his great compassion, alleviates the suffering of sentient beings and seeks to give them comfort. Why, then, do the Buddhist...

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