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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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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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What Brutality Offers Us

I was enjoying a college basketball game on the tube yesterday when a news-ticker appeared across the base of the screen. It said something like "Several Killed in Mass Shooting in Tuscon" only to be followed up with "Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords among those...

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Encore Post – Appropriate Responses

This entry comes from the book, Awake in This Life. ____ The Chinese Master Yunmen referred to the most profound Buddhist teachings as simply being "an appropriate response" to the circumstances of our lives. Any time we see egolessness in action, we are looking at an...

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