The Beauty of Creating Ritual

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As you extricate yourself from patterns of thought, you begin to look at everything freshly. It’s as if it’s all just emerging, it’s all very precious and beautiful, very fresh and new. I think that as a society, we have not invested enough in rituals that allow us to affirm the beauty of what is… Read more »

The Paradox of Planning for the Future

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Observation will show you that when you arrive at a new situation, the optimum strategy for dealing with that situation is to quiet down and hear the totality of it. Hear all of the variables and how they are all working together, just in a quiet intuitive way, out of which will come an optimum… Read more »

Pema Chödrön and Learning to Fail Well

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“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” ― Pema Chödrön Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage… Read more »

Do We Need a Daily Practice?

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Are there benefits in creating a daily practice? Well, I have two answers, the ‘up-level’ answer is, it doesn’t matter. The other answer, the one most of us want and need to hear is, yes. It’s absolutely wonderful to have a daily practice, because most of us are very deeply in the world and we… Read more »

The Journey Beyond Possessive Love

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Here is a quote from the great saint, Anandamayi Ma, “It is true that this body has no relationship with any of you except the kinship of the Atma,” meaning the source, truth, love, “Which this body enjoys equally, not only with each of you, but even with all the trees and foliage around, as… Read more »

Taking Our Place in the Order of Things

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Profound change is in the eye of the beholder. To see through the veil that our senses and our thinking minds make real, to see behind the mask to true self, feels like the highest aspiration of humanity. Because, as we are able to do that, it’s as if we are able to find our… Read more »

Sayadaw U Pandita’s Timeless Wisdom

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“We do not practice meditation to gain admiration from anyone. Rather, we practice to contribute to peace in the world. We try to follow the teachings of the Buddha, and take the instructions of trustworthy teachers, in hopes that we too can reach the Buddha’s state of purity. Having realized this purity within ourselves, we… Read more »

The Horrible Beauty of Suffering

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There are different strategies for coming into intimacy with The One that are appropriate for different people – different strokes for different folks. Some people can sit and face a wall and empty their mind in Zen practice, and then know the fullness of the moment. Some people can’t do that. Some people are very… Read more »