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Moment to Moment

“If you can put to restThe mind that frantically seeksFrom moment to moment,You will be no different from old Shakyamuni Buddha.” ~ Lin Chi, founder of the Linji school of Chán Buddhism during Tang Dynasty China: “Linji’s teachings encouraged people … Continue reading

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Near & Far Away

If we really investigate and examine our hearts [or minds], we will at some time experience joy, rapture and peace. At other times we will experience feelings of indifference, detachment and separation. If we experience the latter we should not … Continue reading

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This Floating Life

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Watch

Take care not to let mechanicalIntelligence burden your mind;Watch what is not temporalAnd remain unmoved by things. ~ Lao tzu(quote courtesy DailyZen.com)

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‘Develop a lot of mindfulness—that’s the point.’

“My advice is to not let yourself get wrapped up in doubts and questions. Let them go and directly contemplate whatever you are experiencing. Don’t make a big deal out of any physical pleasure or pain you experience. When you … Continue reading

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Guard well your thoughts

The Dhammapada is an exquisite collection of short, pithy teachings by the Buddha. Read the whole collection here.

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Done and Not Done

“Do not look at the faults of others,or what others have done or not done;observe what you yourself have doneand have not done.” ~ The BuddhaDhammapada, Chapter 4: 50 “Flowers.”

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A Musical Meditation

As lovely as lovely gets. The resident community at Plum Village, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village, France, just released this stirring recording of the Namo’valokiteshvaraya chant of compassion (recorded in autumn 2020), in honor of the passing … Continue reading

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THICH NHAT HANH, Part 2: ‘Call Me By My True Names’

By Thich Nhat Hanh Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrowbecause even today I still arrive. Look deeply: I arrive in every secondto be a bud on a spring branch,to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,learning to sing … Continue reading

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Make Some Noise

“Many years ago in Thailand, the local villages surrounding our monastery held a party. The noise from the loudspeakers was so loud that it seemed to destroy the peace in our monastery. So we complained to our teacher, Ajahn Chah, … Continue reading

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The Buddhamas Carol (or ‘Ode of a Vipassana Yogi’)

There just aren’t that many Buddhist Christmas carols out there. Here’s one by Bhante Yogavacara Rahula, a Theravadan Buddhist monk who guides the Lion of Wisdom Meditation Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Years ago, Bhante Rahula approached me with the verses … Continue reading

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The world of continual emergence

Perceive freshly as you enterThe world of continual emergence.That rock-bottomed essence of your mind,Is always still, but ever-emerging;Always there, as if waiting to be noticed. – Ji Aoi Isshi (Quote courtesy DailyZen.com)

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Why don’t you touch your nose?

Then spring now autumn,the four seasons revolve.Then young now old,you see the hair turn white.Then wealthy and nobility,now a long dream.Years and months go by,Carrying ten thousand pecks of sorrow.In the path of suffering,The wheel of rebirth rolls endlessly.In the … Continue reading

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Calmness in Activity

“Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself. We say, “It is easy to have calmness in inactivity, it is hard to have calmness in activity, but calmness in … Continue reading

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Just Waves

“It will take quite a long time before you find your calm, serene mind in your practice. Many sensations come, many thoughts or images arise, but they are just waves of your own mind.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

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