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Q & A: How Can I Best Do This Practice?

Question: How does one go about dedicating their life to this practice? I'm 25 and don't have many responsibilities, so I have more flexibility and time to give to it. Answer: It's like that old Nike slogan: just do it. There are ways of going about "doing the...

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Attachment Alert: When Newsanchors Proselytize…

It's hard to take much of this too seriously, but I still think two things are amazing: Brit Hume's views on what Buddhism does and doesn't offer speaks to a significant lack of understanding, and He does his best to play the martyr here even though an apology might...

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Q & A: Meditation Techniques

Question: I've got a nuts-and-bolts question about meditation.  There are so many varieties:  following the breath, paying attention to whatever arises,  focusing on something particular (like a prayer), Tonglen, etc.  After years of teaching and practice, which...

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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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