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November 4, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

This week’s morsel comes from Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth by Geshe Tashi Tsering from the series The Foundation of Buddhist Thought.  The Buddhist teaching of the "two truths" is the gateway to understanding the often-misunderstood philosophy of emptiness. This volume is an excellent source of support for...

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This week’s morsel comes from Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth by Geshe Tashi Tsering...

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November 1, 2013
by Lydia Anderson
The IDP Blog looks at how life is meaningless...and what that means. As autumn rolls along and the leaves here in New England continue to change, Buddhist Peace Fellowship offers a photo of another kind leafy tree. Shambhala SunSpace shares a new video from artist Mike Giant on why he meditates. ... read more »
November 1, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“One appears before one’s parents as a child, before one’s child as a parent, before one’s husband as a wife, before one’s wife as a husband. At work, the face and form one takes on depend upon the position one occupies. This is our true form. There is no clump called “I” moving from this spot to that spot, instant by instant....

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“One appears before one’s parents as a child, before one’s child as a parent, before one’s...

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November 1, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week's final sutta is the Māgandiya Sutta. Here The Buddha meets the hedonist philosopher Māgandiya and points out to him the dangers in sensual pleasures, the benefits of renunciation, and the meaning of Nibbāna. The Buddha here contends that sensual pleasures seem to be pleasurable only through a distortion of...

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This week's final sutta is the Māgandiya Sutta. Here The Buddha meets the hedonist...

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October 31, 2013
by Maura Gaughan

Earlier this fall, we caught up with Ven. Robina Courtin to learn how Lama Yeshe’s vision for “publications for wisdom culture” ultimately became Wisdom Publications. We were curious about how a couple of Lamas inspired a handful of students and, through globe-trotting beginnings, sparked a mission to spread teachings and...

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Earlier this fall, we caught up with Ven. Robina Courtin to learn how Lama Yeshe’s vision...

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October 31, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“By examining diverse appearances, the meditator will experience the indivisible union of appearance and its intrinsic emptiness as being devoid of any identifiable essence. This union of mind and appearance should be understood to be like the union between the consciousness in a dream and its appearance. For instance, in a dream...

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“By examining diverse appearances, the meditator will experience the indivisible union of...

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