The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism
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...read more »
Excerpt from Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana.
The meditation we teach is called insight meditation. As we have already said, the variety of possible objects of meditation is nearly unlimited, and human beings have used an enormous number down through the ages. Even within the vipassana ...read more »
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...read more »
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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...read more »
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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...read more »
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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...read more »
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