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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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Discover lasting happiness through self-observation

Often the most debilitating suffering comes when one no longer finds any meaning in life. What is this life about? How do I navigate it? Do I have a specific gift for the world? You will find your answer when you look at your soul treasures – knowledge, talents and gifts – you have carried over from your past lives. By bringing forth what is in us, our soul treasures, that is the road to meaning and purpose. In a previous post here, we wrote about how you can better understand what makes you tick by observing the habitual patterns …

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The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths on suffering

The Buddha’s mission was simple. When asked, he said his sole aim is to teach the end of suffering. And thus he began by teaching the Four Noble Truths that are said to contain the entire sum of the his teachings. Why? Because they will always point us back to the fundamental and irrefutable Law of Causation. That of karma, cause and condition, attachment, craving and suffering. And within these are many more layers of the most profound meaning that shows us what life is really about. As the story goes, the Buddha didn’t think he could teach what he …

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