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November 27, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The Buddha stated clearly that saying only what is true is not sufficient for skillful speech. Speaking skillfully also requires saying what is useful for the listener to hear.”—Rodney Smith, The Wisdom of Listening

“The Buddha stated clearly that saying only what is true is not sufficient for skillful speech....

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November 27, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

On entering the irreversible path to the attainment of Nibbana, one becomes a noble person (ariyapuggala), the word “noble” (ariya) here denoting spiritual nobility. There are four major types of noble persons. Each stage is divided into two phases: the path (magga) and its fruition (phala...

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On entering the irreversible path to the attainment of Nibbana, one becomes a noble person...

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November 26, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe

#GivingTuesday represents a wonderful trend toward the Buddhist value of “dana”, or generosity, the very first of the Ten Paramita or Perfections. This article on #GivingTuesday is by Jonathan Greenblatt, from the White House Blog, and was originally posted on November 26, 2013.

Typically, the holidays are a...

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#GivingTuesday represents a wonderful trend toward the Buddhist value of “dana”, or...

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November 26, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Leave the mind in its natural, undisturbed state. Don’t follow thoughts of “This is a problem, that is a problem!” Without labeling difficulties as problems, leave your mind in its natural state. In this way, you will stop seeing miserable conditions as problems.”—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Transforming Problems Into Happiness...

“Leave the mind in its natural, undisturbed state. Don’t follow thoughts of “This is a problem,...

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November 26, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe
VIDEO from National Geographic: Oldest Buddhist Shrine Uncovered In Nepal May Push Back the Buddha’s Birth Date. Toni Bernhard gives this audio interview at VividLife on how “we can all wake up to what it means to be human – both its stark realities and the potential it holds for us to find peace... read more »
November 26, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

We have come to the final week in our Teachings of the Buddha series. The theme for this week is “The Planes of Realization.”—editor's note

The cultivation of wisdom, as we have seen, aims at the realization of Nibbāna. The Nikāyas stipulate a fixed series of stages through which a...

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We have come to the final week in our Teachings of the Buddha series. The theme for...

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