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December 16, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“There is a well-known simile about a monkey trap of the kind used in Asia—a wooden container with a small opening. Inside lies a sweet. The monkey, attracted by the sweet,...

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“There is a well-known simile about a monkey trap of the kind used in Asia—a wooden...

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December 13, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The truly religious life liberates a finite, relative being to become a “rare and excellent person” naturally and spontaneously. As imperfect humans, we are bound by our karmic...

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“The truly religious life liberates a finite, relative being to become a “rare and...

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December 12, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“If you want enlightenment, abandon to its depths all ordinary attachment to deeds and behavior, principles and obligations, opinions and interpretations; be as before the...

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“If you want enlightenment, abandon to its depths all ordinary attachment to deeds and...

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December 11, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

"It is crucial to know when it is appropriate to withdraw our attention from things that disturb our mind. However, if the only way we know how to deal with certain objects is...

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"It is crucial to know when it is appropriate to withdraw our attention from things...

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December 10, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Even if its impact isn’t immediate, a solid inner change is sure to have longterm results.”—Thanissaro Bhikkhu in Mindful Politics

“Even if its impact isn’t immediate, a solid inner change is sure to have longterm...

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December 9, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“With the destruction of all acquisitions The Awakened One sleeps: “Why should this concern you, Mara?” Then Mara the Evil One, realizing, “The Blessed One knows me, the...

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“With the destruction of all acquisitions The Awakened One sleeps: “Why should this...

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December 6, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“No matter how wise and compassionate our teachers may be, they cannot walk the path for us.”—David Loy and Linda Goodhew, The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons

“No matter how wise and compassionate our teachers may be, they cannot walk the path...

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December 5, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“In short, whatever I may do throughout my activities, I ask, “What is my mind doing?” Thus, it is the practice of bodhisattvas to accomplish the benefit of others with...

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“In short, whatever I may do throughout my activities, I ask, “What is my mind doing...

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December 4, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“All the faults of our mind—our selfishness, ignorance, anger, attachment, guilt, and other disturbing thoughts—are temporary, not permanent and everlasting. And since the...

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“All the faults of our mind—our selfishness, ignorance, anger, attachment, guilt, and...

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December 3, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“I’m thankful for being given the opportunity to love and be loved by others, and to express that love through service. The little good I do in this world is, truly, the least...

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“I’m thankful for being given the opportunity to love and be loved by others, and to...

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