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Encore Post – The Eighth Sense

This entry was previously posted in 2008 and is an excerpt from the book, Awake in This Life: a guide for those climbing the Mountain of Spirit. ___ Another way to refer to the Witness is to call it our "Eighth Sense." By this I mean that we have our five senses of...

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Encore Post – Nothing Personal

This entry was previously posted in 2008 and is an excerpt from the book, Awake in This Life: a guide for those climbing the Mountain of Spirit. __ As we come off the Mountain of Spirit, we recognize how little about us needs to be defended. This is because we have...

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Quote of the Day

Our task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within ourself that we have built against it. ~...

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Quote of the Day

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields points out that historian Allen Ginsberg, of Maine, says that the tragic events in Arizona suggest something remarkable about America: This week we saw a white, Catholic, Republican, Federal Judge murdered on his way to greet a...

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As I’ve led groups of meditators over the years, I’ve gotten used to hearing that people are looking for something in their lives that is “spiritual but not religious.” This is understandable since so many feel like they’ve evolved past the traditions they grew up...

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Egoic Block, Dharma Bomb

I recently gave a Dharma talk that seemed to just bomb. I’m used to this, though. My A-game isn’t always there now that little kids have been brought into my world. Sleep is a luxury and meditation can easily get interrupted. Dirty diapers, in my current world, trump...

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Quote of the Day

Do not mistake understanding for realization, and do not mistake realization for liberation. - Tibetan saying

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A Full-throated Roar

The killings in Arizona reminds us that there is no spiritual teaching of any depth that encourages us to avoid what's really going on. In fact, authentic spiritual practice is always grounded in facing what is, and then responding from profound openness. Perhaps...

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