Faith Develops Energy and Wisdom

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Faith Develops Energy and Wisdom

Faith is an essential part of our practice, and it’s not something that magically appears on its own. Rather, the arising of faith takes effort. We need to direct our attention toward it to frequently reflect on the arising of faith as a real possibility for us. As Westerners, most of us are not on familiar ground when we reflect on faith. But it is an important quality for balancing the different…

Communion

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Communion

Buddhist cultivation covers more than what we would understand through reading books or even through meditation. For instance, although solitary meditation is what we see in the discourses, one of the main features in the Vinaya and of the Buddhist life is the practice of community. You can recognize this especially when there is a big gathering such as today’s alms-giving ceremony, the Kathina. T…

Reversing the Tendency to Decline

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Reversing the Tendency to Decline

Last night a number of the monks had an opportunity to go up to Ajahn Dtun’s kuṭi for a discussion on Dhamma. One of the themes brought up was the tendency for personal standards to decline in one’s practice. This is an important trend to examine. We can look at the direction our practice has taken over time— how we started, how we’ve been practicing, and where our practice seems to be headed. Tha…

No Intentional Taking of Life. Period.

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No Intentional Taking of Life. Period.

Because the early texts rule out killing in all circumstances, attempts to formulate a Buddhist just-war theory ultimately have to fall back on one basic assertion: There’s something wrong with the texts. Because this assertion can take many forms, it’s useful to examine a few of them, to see how misleading they can be. That way, we won’t fall for them. The big one is this: • The moral ideals expr…

A Buddhist Theory of a Just War?

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A Buddhist Theory of a Just War?

There’s a depressing pattern in human behavior that Mark Twain noted more than a century ago, and it’s with us still: The powers-that-be want a war. Politicians and the media start beating the drum, denouncing the evil intentions of the enemy and calling for all patriotic citizens to attack them. At first, people are reluctant to go along, but then religious leaders jump on the bandwagon, telling…

Protecting Oneself and Others

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Protecting Oneself and Others

“Protecting oneself, one protects others; protecting others, one protects oneself. And how does one, in protecting oneself, protect others? By the repeated and frequent practice of meditation. And how does one, in protecting others, protect oneself? By patience and forbearance, by a non-violent and harmless life, by loving-kindness and compassion. ‘I shall protect myself’, in that way the Attendin…

A Serious Mistake

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A Serious Mistake

The Buddha’s Dhamma—his teaching—is primarily focused on the question of how not to suffer from aging, illness, and death. It answers this question by offering practical advice on two levels: (1) how to experience aging, illness, and death without suffering from them; and (2) how to find a dimension where aging, illness, and death are never experienced ever again. As we will see, the two answers a…

Stream-entry Is Realistic, Realizable

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Stream-entry Is Realistic, Realizable

In the classical Buddhist teachings, there are four gradations or stages of enlightenment that are described over and over again. The first level is called ‘stream-entry’. This represents an irreversible breakthrough into a quality of psychological integration or self-actualization or ‘emotional intelligence’ that will necessarily result, eventually, in the ‘unshakeable well-being’ of full enlight…

Pīti, Samādhi

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Pīti, Samādhi

If we are focused in samādhi with continuous mindfulness, then sometimes the state known as pīti will arise. Pīti is characterised by physical sensations of coolness or of a rapturous energy thrilling throughout the body – like waves breaking on the shore – which can cause the body to sway and the hair to stand on end. These sensations are accompanied by mental perceptions of physical expansive…

A Question of Balance

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A Question of Balance

Every winter at our monasteries two or three months are set aside as quiet retreat time – a time to focus more intensively on our inner work. The encouragement given during this time is towards cultivating a stiller, quieter space within the heart. For it is only through attention to this that we are able to observe all our skilful and less skilful habits, and to train the mind – making it into a…