Benefits of the Holy Life

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Benefits of the Holy Life

So for someone considering going forth and living the Holy Life*, what would you say are the benefits? AM: Spaciousness: mental, emotional, relational. You have permission to move through the world, touch it, sense it, observe it, without being defined by it. That’s the most direct answer. And three other things come to mind. The first is to do with consistency of practice. Have you ever seen some…

Feelings of Pain 2

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Feelings of Pain 2

This morning there was a request for techniques on how to deal with physical pain while you meditate. There are four steps in dealing with pain… If you can maintain (this) determination, you’ll find that the breath energy in the spot where you’re focused becomes more and more comfortable, more powerful. That’s when you can move to the third step, which is to think of that comfortable energy spread…

Feelings of Pain 1

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Feelings of Pain 1

This morning there was a request for techniques on how to deal with physical pain while you meditate. There are four steps in dealing with pain. The first is preventative. When you sit down to meditate, you probably know by now where pains tend to appear. Try to let the breath energy flow into that area even before the pain comes. Remember, however, that sometimes pain in one part of the body is c…

On Retreat and Will o the Wisp

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On Retreat and  Will o the Wisp

On Retreat A little closer to the clouds, above the scruffy heads of evergreen scrub, I discover the benefits of drinking tea and watching the sky turning pink after sunset. Only slowly the hard-edged words of learned truths dissolve, and a softer voice unwraps itself, emerging from the inside of what is here. What does it say? “You didn’t come here to succeed” is all I understand for now. Enough…

Stopping inside and My Religion

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Stopping inside and My Religion

Stopping inside These days I don’t like to go anywhere, content to pore through my books and smile at the cats. They are old now, the summer flowers are over-tall, too much rain, and the weeds choking every corner of the garden. I love that landscape, where the world falls away and the deer lie down in the night’s shadow. Stopping inside the silence of being, awareness finely tuned, an island of p…

Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones

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Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones

The study of the Dhamma is another area that often requires us to venture outside of our comfort zones. Pariyatti—which is the Pali word for the theoretical comprehension of the Dhamma acquired through reading and study—is an important part of Theravada Buddhism. For anyone intent on pursuing the Noble Eightfold Path, there has to be a deep curiosity about the Buddha’s teachings and how they might…

The True Test of Dhamma

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The True Test of Dhamma

…Of course, the fact that the Pali Canon is the oldest (extant) record (of the Buddha’s teachings) is no guarantee that it is accurate. But as the Canon itself says, the true test of a teaching lies not in the claims of tradition, but in the results it gives when put into practice. To be fair, the test must involve four things: —associating with people of integrity; —listening to the true Dhamma;…

Ajahn Chah 4

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Ajahn Chah 4

During one time refugees were pouring into Thailand from Laos and Cambodia. The charitable organizations who came out to help were many. This made some ordained Westerners think it was not right that Buddhist monks and nuns should just sit in the forest while other religious organizations were so actively participating in alleviating the plight of the refugees. So they approached Ajahn Chah to exp…

I’m a Lot Freer Than You Are

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I’m a Lot Freer Than You Are

Yesterday, a group of us went over to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas for a commemoration of Master Xuan Hua’s fiftieth anniversary of coming to America. This morning while I was sitting, I remembered something said by Doug Powers, a long- time disciple of Master Hua. He had mentioned yesterday that Master Hua would both tease and challenge the students who came to study with him in the sixties a…

Loving-Kindness and Living in Harmony

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Loving-Kindness and Living in Harmony

The Buddha taught the Saranīya Dhammas, which are the six principles of conciliation or harmonious living. The first three of these Dhammas are based on bodily, verbal, and mental acts of loving-kindness. By generating loving-kindness, we create a strong condition for the arising of wholesome kamma. When we establish harmony with others, we build on that foundation of loving-kindness. The fourth…