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November 20, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The present moment is changing so fast that we often do not notice its existence at all. Every moment of mind is like a series of pictures passing though a projector. Some of...

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“The present moment is changing so fast that we often do not notice its existence at...

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November 20, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Dependent origination is not a mere theory but a teaching that should be directly known by personal experience, a point clearly made by today's text, which comes from The...

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Dependent origination is not a mere theory but a teaching that should be directly...

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November 19, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week’s theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Shining the Light of Wisdom.”—editor's note.

The texts cited in the last...

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This week’s theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Shining the Light...

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November 15, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The discourse generally considered to offer the most comprehensive instructions on meditation practice is the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta. Two versions of this sutta exist, a longer...

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The discourse generally considered to offer the most comprehensive instructions on...

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November 13, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Nikayas sometimes compare the process of training the mind to the taming of a wild animal. Just as an animal trainer has to use various techniques to bring the animal...

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The Nikayas sometimes compare the process of training the mind to the taming of a...

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November 12, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week's theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Mastering the Mind.”—editor's note

Having presented a broad overview of the...

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This week's theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Mastering the Mind...

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November 11, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The scriptures say that when the mind indulges in sensual objects, it becomes agitated. This is the usual state of affairs in the world, as we can observe. In their quest for...

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“The scriptures say that when the mind indulges in sensual objects, it becomes...

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November 8, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection concerns The Noble Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is the classical formulation of the way to liberation, as is already clear from the Buddha’s first...

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Today's selection concerns The Noble Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is the...

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November 7, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's sutta throws a different spotlight on the path than we are accustomed to hear in standard Buddhist rhetoric. While we are often told that the practice of the...

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Today's sutta throws a different spotlight on the path than we are accustomed to...

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November 6, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection is the Cūḷamālunkya Sutta: The Shorter Discourse to Mālunkyāputta. This sutta shows that the Buddhist path is not designed to provide theoretical answers...

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Today's selection is the Cūḷamālunkya Sutta: The Shorter Discourse to...

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