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 »

Ep. 94 – Tracing Our Spiritual Journey

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In tracing our spiritual journey, we have gone from a psychological, economic and political universe into a spiritual universe. And in the course of that transition, we have rejected the psychological, economic and political aspects of our lives. We have to finally honor our incarnations, god manifests through form and we have to love the… Read more »

Huang-po and the Transmission of Mind

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“People are scared to empty their minds fearing that they will be engulfed by the void. What they don’t realize is that their own mind is the void.” – Huang-po Huang-po (Huangbo Xiyun) was an influential Chinese Zen Master, and the teacher of Lin-chi (Rinzai) during the Tang Dynasty. Huángbò was a disciple of Baizhang… Read more »

Prabhav – The Unexplained After Effect of Food

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The past few months have been extremely busy with the day-to-day tasks of setting up the new house and taking care of my family. My routine suffered and my meditation dwindled; I felt suffocated in the mundane reality and needed to touch a deeper part of myself that temporarily got covered up. I decided to… Read more »

St. John of The Cross and Dark Night of the Soul

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“In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human successes, but on how well we have loved.” – John of the Cross John of the Cross (1542 – 1591), was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, Catholic saint, Carmelite friar and priest, born at Fontiveros,… Read more »