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Seeds of Virtue

OBJECTS AND POISONS ARE SEEDS OF VIRTUE This is part of the Lojong teachings. I think it’s a little more confusing than some of the previous slogans, so I’ll make sure I try really hard to unpack it well. Objects refers to people. I know that’s confusing, but maybe it helps to refer to English…

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Sending and Receiving

Practice Sending and Receiving with the Breath. The first time I heard about tonglen practice I thought it sounded really weird. I don’t connect with visualization type practices very well a lot of the time, so when I read that this was (sort of) a visualization practice I assumed it wouldn’t mean much to me.…

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Be a Child of Illusion

After Meditation, Be a Child of Illusion. One key idea is implicit in this slogan. We aren’t just practicing when we’re on the cushion—we’re practicing all the time. Our practice isn’t about going to a temple or going on a retreat for a while and then returning as though nothing has happened. Our goal, if…

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Rest in the Openness of Your Mind

Rest in the Openness of Your Mind The idea of resting in openness is just being here. It’s what Ram Dass described in “Be Here Now” and what Rob Bell described in “How to Be Here”. It’s what the Buddha was talking about when he said, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream…

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Bodhisattva Road: May 2018

These are my latest articles at Patheos: Buddhist. Check them out! Is Buddhism a Religion or What? Is Buddhism a religion? Short answer: Yes.   This is a question that gets asked all the time. It’s kind of a silly question because when you get down to it the consequences of the answer are meaningless.…

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Don’t Get Stuck on Peace.

Don’t Get Stuck on Peace. Sometimes our spiritual practice can make us feel removed, separate from the rest of the world. That’s not the Bodhisattva way. The Bodhisattva way is to be in the world, open and vulnerable; awake in the world, not separate from it. This is sometimes called the Poison of Emptiness. We…

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The Six Perfections {podcast}

Here’s a podcast about the teaching called the Six Perfections. give it a listen. You can download this podcast here: Download   Read more about the six perfections here: The Six Perfections   ————————————————————————— Please go like my page on Facebook. Also: You can support independent Buddhist writing by joining a community of fellow learners/practitioners at  Patreon —-

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See Everything As A Dream

This is from the mind training teachings called Lojong. See Everything As A Dream This is the Lojong teaching that comes from the section on Bodhicitta, or the mind of awakening and compassion. Slogans 2-10 are considered part of this section, so we will be talking about Bodhicitta for awhile, and the next few slogans…

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Master Nice Guy {podcast}

    this is probably my favorite one of these that I’ve done so far. It’s about a figure from Zen history named Huineng. Give it a listen. You can download this podcast here: Download You can learn more about Huineng here: Huineng, illiterate monk The Teaching of Huineng Three aspects of Huineng’s path. Huineng’s…

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Examine the Nature of Awareness.

 “Examine the Nature of Awareness.” This is from the lojong teachings. That seems really profound, doesn’t it? The implication in this statement is that awareness is what we are. If we dig deep in examining ourselves, all we really find is awareness. Who are you? Who is it that’s paying attention to this right now? Take a…

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