Emptiness

Last night I listened to a dharma talk about emptiness.  The talk was really good and it clarified the philosophy really well. At the end of the talk we had a discussion, in which I was trying to express my thoughts as they came to me but I feel like I didn’t quite get them […]

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The first noble truth

I was at my meditation group last night, listening to our teacher talk about the 4 noble truths. As she was talking I had an insight. You have probably heard of the 4 Noble Truths. They are a central teaching of Buddhism. When I first encountered Buddhism this is how they were presented: Life is […]

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Repent

“In practice, we should repent rather than have remorse. To repent is not to feel remorse, but to feel one’s faults, realizing they are faults, and try one’s best not to make the same mistake again.” – From “How To Be Faultless” by Master Sheng Yen. Tricycle Magazine, Winter 2016 Really? Is it really that […]

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Discipline and routine

I’ve been meditating for about 7 years, but I have had a really hard time sticking to a regular meditation routine. It seems like it is really easy to talk myself out of it. Any excuse will work for me. Meditation is, if I’m being honest, quite boring. All you do is sit there for […]

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right speech

Yesterday, I found these instructions from the Buddha on right speech: The criteria for deciding what is worth saying [1] “In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual, untrue, unbeneficial (or: not connected with the goal), unendearing & disagreeable to others, he does not say them. [2] “In the case of […]

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