Cultivating Mindfulness

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Perhaps at some time you have sat quietly by the side of an ocean or river. At first there is one big rush of sound. Listening quietly, you begin to hear a multitude of subtle sounds: the waves hitting the shore, the rushing current of the river. In that peacefulness and silence of mind you… Read more »

Why do we use Mantras?

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As we purify our own consciousness by extricating ourselves from the grosser vibrational planes, we turn back toward the formless. The practice of mantra is a technique for tuning us to those subtler vibrational levels. As we move more and more deeply into mantra, the sound becomes the vehicle that allows us to experience both… Read more »

The Life of the Separate Self

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How does who we think we are affect what we have to give? How does this “delusion of consciousness” which “separates us from the rest,” narrow the range of our compassion? What different understanding of our being might nourish and deepen what we have to offer one another? All of us seem to be born… Read more »

Service is a Curriculum

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Service is an endless series of questions, puzzling and insistent. It not only raises questions, it helps to answer them. Service is a curriculum. In this curriculum, we encounter our own limitations –  we have seen how our ego can lock us into narrow self-images, leaving us tentative and hesitant to reach out. Our resistance… Read more »