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Mahasi Sayadaw on How to Live Virtuously as a Layperson

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:00 -- Mahasi Sayadaw

The practice of morality is not as exhaustive for laypeople as it is for monks. The purposes of laypeople are served by either the five precepts or the eight precepts topped with right livelihood (ājīvaṭṭhamakasīla). One may wonder how these two forms of morality can serve equally well when some of their precepts differ. It is because their “Dos and Don’ts” are fundamentally the same.

Darth Vader’s Karma

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:00 -- Matthew Bortolin

 “Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.”

“You mean it controls your actions?”

“Partially. But it also obeys your commands.”

—OBI-WAN KENOBI AND LUKE SKYWALKER IN A NEW HOPE

 

Liberating Practice: See Your Mind as a Wave

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 10:00 -- Jaimal Yogis

In the centuries after the Buddha’s death, his followers created rifts and various Buddhist schools—Theravada and Mahayana being just two of the biggest divisions—each claiming to be the authentic one. The Zen tradition (or Chan as it is known in China) officially formed when one school traveled, via the South Indian monk named Bodhidharma, to China around the fourth or fifth century ce.

Why Bother to Meditate?

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 14:56 -- Bhante Gunaratana

Meditation is called the Great Teacher. It is the cleansing crucible fire that works slowly but surely, through understanding. The greater your understanding, the more flexible and tolerant, the more compassionate you can be. You become like a perfect parent or an ideal teacher. You are ready to forgive and forget.

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