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October 25, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The energy necessary to awaken constantly leaks away from us, morning till night. As we struggle to hold our lives together—trying to win, trying to please, trying to hide, trying to avoid discomfort—our energy is dissipated in mindless chatter, needless action, wanton daydreams. We rage, we lust, we fear. We gossip, complain,...

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“The energy necessary to awaken constantly leaks away from us, morning till night. As we...

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October 25, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection elaborates on the merit of giving or generosity (dāna). The Buddha often treated giving as the most rudimentary virtue of the spiritual life, for giving serves to break down the egocentric frame of mind on the basis of which we habitually interact with others. Contrary to what a Western reader might expect,...

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Today's selection elaborates on the merit of giving or generosity (dāna). The Buddha often...

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October 24, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Successful spiritual development entails finding a balance between intellectual understanding of each stage of meditation and actual meditative experience. Placing too much emphasis on either alone significantly decreases the likelihood of genuine progress.”—Daniel P. Brown, Pointing out the Great Way

“Successful spiritual development entails finding a balance between intellectual understanding of...

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October 24, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection deals with merit (puñña), wholesome kamma capable of yielding favorable results within the cycle of rebirths. Merit produces mundane benefits, such as a good rebirth, wealth, beauty, and success. It also serves as an enhancing condition for supramundane benefits, that is, for attaining the stages along the...

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Today's selection deals with merit (puñña), wholesome kamma capable of yielding favorable...

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October 24, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe
The Zennist makes a distinction between Inner and Outer Meditation--inner meditation that reflects, if not matches, the awakened Mind of the sages and Buddhas, and outer meditation, which rests on the Five Aggregates of physical shape, feeling, perception, habitual tendencies and consciousness and is limited by this... read more »
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October 23, 2013
by Lydia Anderson
Spirituality and Practice has a great review of, and choice quotes from, Daily Doses of Wisdom. Rick Hanson, PhD, writes on what and why humans give at Wildmind Buddhist Meditation. Buddhist Peace Fellowship contemplates the link between social activism and Nanchuan's cat. PJ Lifestyle... read more »

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