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July 22, 2015
by The Dalai Lama

The following is an excerpt from chapter 11 of Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions by the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron. The authors introduce this chapter with the following overview: “The four immeasurables or ‘boundless states’—love, compassion, joy, and equanimity—are widely taught and practiced in...

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July 12, 2015
by Bhante Gunaratana

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

Ill Will (Aversion)

Symptoms: When your thoughts reveal a motivation that is unkind or aggressive, even a little, you have ill will. In that condition you cannot...

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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 30, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

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 ...

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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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