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When Peace is an Incomplete Response

I was asked recently after giving a talk on engaged politics, what I thought of peace as a political orientation. What came out of my mouth made me laugh. "I'm pro-peace," I said. The young man just stared. I then went off a little bit on how an attachment to peace...

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Don’t Plants Deserve Life, Too?

Here's an argument that I've danced with for years: where do we draw the line on the Buddhist precept of not killing. Having just gone through a round of anti-biotics, I knowingly killed lots of things in my body.  The name of the drug regimen "antibiotics" even means...

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Q & A: When the Fire of Awakening Burns…

Gotta' love when the earthquake of Awakening rattles and rolls everything we've ever known to be true... Question(s): As I sit, all that comes within my attention, or where I choose to turn my attention, exists because I've turned my attention on it. Then, when I turn...

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Redux: Wisdom

The teachings surrounding wisdom have been popping up around Infinite Smile recently. So here's a re-posting of part of the chapter on this subject from Awake in This Life: As the audience, or Witness, of the illusory and repetitious charade of ego on the Stage of...

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A Not-So-Full Enlightenment

I got an email recently that was pretty cool. In it the anonymous writer rather pointedly suggested that I was wrong to suggest that Alan Chapman's self-professed "full" enlightenment, documented over at his site, Open Enlightenment, was at best an example of a...

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A little bit on kensho…

Over at digitalZENDO, there is an great piece on discussing the elusive experience of insight that Zennists call kensho: Avoiding talking about Kensho, does not make use virtuous or spiritual. Maybe it's the contrary, it perhaps avoiding a direct conversation that...

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The Dalai Lama, Mandela, and Gandhi just chillaxin’

Over at the elephant journal, Waylon Lewis shares some smile material with this one: This brilliant, almost-too-subtle (just a line at bottom) ad campaign was created by UNCLE Grey A/S Denmark. It vividly reminds us that in getting up off the couch, in working our...

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Forgotten Elephants

And the tragedy continues for the elephants of Thailand: Once the revered symbol of Thai culture, the backbone of industry and the protector of the country’s sovereignty during war, elephants now wander the streets of Bangkok, reduced to providing rides for tourists...

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An Excerpt from an Interview with Adyashanti

I have a lot of respect for Adyashanti and his approach to teaching. He's genuine, honest, and has the capacity to creatively turn up the heat on his students. Here's an excerpt from an interview that Tami Simon did: I no longer believe the next thought that I have....

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