The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism

December 2015

December 31, 2015
by C. W. Huntington, Jr.

“Excuse me, Anantacharya-ji.”

“Yes? Please speak up.” He raised both bare feet off the floor and tucked  them in under the folds of his dhoti.

“I was taught—maybe I simply assumed—that Indian philosophers wrote in verse to make it easier to memorize the texts. Is that so?”

He studied my face. “And why we...

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“Excuse me, Anantacharya-ji.”

“Yes? Please speak up.” He raised both bare feet off the...

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December 11, 2015
by Gerry Stribling

In meditation, we watch ourselves breathe.

In real life, sometimes we’re compelled to watch others breathe (sleeping lovers and sick children come to mind). I like to tell people about when I lived at an elephant bath in Sri Lanka—and found it mesmerizing to watch elephants lie utterly still on their sides in shallow...

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In meditation, we watch ourselves breathe.

In real life, sometimes we’re compelled to...

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December 2, 2015
by Deborah Schoeberlein David

For many of us, there comes a time when we realize, viscerally and profoundly, that living a spiritual practice is what really matters, but paradoxically, that moment comes from training.

For me, the epiphany came when my father passed away this past summer. Although his health had been fragile for some time, I hadn’t...

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For many of us, there comes a time when we realize, viscerally and profoundly, that living a...

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