Dhammapada – Chapter 2 – Heedfulness

The Dhammapada is a much-loved text because it contains practical wisdom that we find absolutely essential in helping us to move along in our spiritual practice. Written like poetry but simple enough for everyone from ordained to the layperson, the Dhammapada is a summation of the salient points of the Buddha’s teachings. It is like a daily primer that helps remind us again and again what is important in life. Below is Chapter 2 which tells us why it is important to pay heed to our behaviour and the intentions that drive it. How to be aware and therefore be …

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Dhammapada – Chapter 1 – Contrasting Pairs

The Dhammapada is a much-loved text because it contains practical wisdom that we find absolutely essential in helping us to move along in our spiritual practice. Written like poetry but simple enough for everyone from ordained to the layperson, the Dhammapada is a summation of the salient points of the Buddha’s teachings. It is like a daily primer that helps remind us again and again what is important in life. Altogether there are twenty-six chapters. Here, in Chapter 1, the text begins with the Contrasting Pairs aka Twin Verses. You will soon notice that training the mind takes precedence in …

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S.N. Goenka’s Vipassana Meditation

The method of meditation taught and made widely known by S.N. Goenka is better known as the Vipashyana method. In the Pali tradition, it is also known as Satipatthana where we place our focus on nothing else except the breath. In the Sanskrit or Nalanda (commonly known as Tibetan) tradition, Vipashyana is the other half to Samantha meditation. In mind training, or lojong, these two are  necessary for progession on the path. The first thing you need to keep in mind is that Goenka’s Vipassana Meditation technique is not new and if you watch the videos available on Youtube especially …

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The mental state is paramount – a story

We all know that happiness or sadness is really only a thought away. Change the way you think or perceive and your world changes immediately. It’s really that fast – a mere thought away. But it can be the toughest thing to do because our ego gets in the way. It will throw a tantrum and demand, “What about I, me, mine?” Here is a story about a king whose kindness is so legendary that when he passed away, the denizens of the afterlife could not wait to welcome him hoping he would help make hell a heaven for them …

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Eknath Easwaran’s 8-point program for love, peace, joy

In an earlier post we said that letting go is only part of the answer to finding lasting peace and joy in one’s life. We said that letting go will allow you to clear the space to enter deep within yourself by removing the blocks of self-centredness. Here, Eknath Easwaran gives us the rest of the answer in his 8-point program. A more detailed explanation as to the foundation for this program can be found in his book Conquest of Mind. There you will find the one overarching reason why we suffer. That’s because we actually create our own suffering through …

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How very precious is this human life!

It is said that to be born as a human being with the capacity for intellectual discernment and to encounter the Buddhadharma is like the following story, as told by the Buddha. Suppose this entire world is like a vast blue ocean. And beneath its deep waters lives a blind tortoise that only surfaces once every hundred years. At the same time, on the water’s surface, bobbing along with the rise and fall of the waves, blown hither and thither by the winds is a wooden yoke, or ring, with a hole in its middle. Back and forth across the …

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Letting go is only part of the answer

It takes a great leap of faith to let go of one’s stubborn notions of self or what life owes us. The stuff that keeps us stuck and spinning in circles – me, me, me. But unless we let go of our self-centeredness and make the effort to turn inwards to ask instead what we can offer the world, we won’t be able to allow our inner treasures to emerge, like the peace and joy we so desperately want but seem so out of reach. To further illustrate this point, we invite you to watch the movie below. It is …

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Can the Lamrim Path end all suffering?

Lam (path) Rim (stages) or The Path is a Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist teaching that condenses the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings into a graduated approach or path to help you realise who you are. With clarity comes understanding and therefore direction. You will know what to do to end the suffering we ourselves create and perpetuate. The gradual path shows us just how we can reverse that and to regain control over our lives. LamRim ChenMo is the full name of the text better known as The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, published in 1402 by Je …

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