All Experiences are Side Effects

All Experiences are Side Effects

All Experiences are Side Effects Even with a teacher, there are three principles to keep in mind in working with these unfamiliar realms of our spiritual life. The first principle is the understanding that All Spiritual Phenomena Are Side Effects. In the Buddhist...
The Unique Expression of True Self

The Unique Expression of True Self

The Unique Expression of True Self In awakening our Buddha nature, we find that there is one further aspect of self to understand, the need to honor our personal destiny. This discovery is an essential task, especially for those of us in the West. In traditional...
Inquiry and Observation

Inquiry and Observation

Inquiry and Observation Wisdom grows out of our clear seeing in each moment. Seeing the arising and passing of our experience and how we relate to it. It arises through our gentle and careful inquiry into the workings of the body and mind and through an open inquiry...
Judging Another

Judging Another

Judging Another One evening, the Buddha arose from his meditation and was seated outside the eastern gate of the park where he was staying. Then, King Pasenadi, arriving for a visit, greeted the Buddha and took a seat to one side. Just at that time, not so far away, a...
Harmlessness

Harmlessness

Harmlessness All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? He who seeks happiness By hurting those who seek happiness Will never find happiness. For your brother is like you. He...
Happiness of Being

Happiness of Being

Happiness of Being Japan’s most beloved Zen poet, Ryokan, was known for being unpretentious and wise. Like Saint Francis he was a lover of simple things, of children and nature. In his poems he writes openly of his tears and loneliness during long winter nights,...

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