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Awareness Bound and Unbound, by David Loy, Part 3 of 3

What does it really mean for awareness to be here-and-now, de-conditioned from attention traps both individual and collective? Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 of Awareness Bound and Unbound The Control of Attention Dictatorships control people with violence and the threat of it, to restrain what they do. Modern democracies control people with […]

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Message from Henry: More than One Fruit

If meditation was a one-way ticket to calmness, it would surely still be worth the journey. But instead it’s more – it’s about growth, maturing, expanding and deepening our humanity. Meditation can calm the nervous system. It can reduce our bouts of reactivity and help us to respond to life’s challenges, rather than reacting blindly. […]

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Awareness Bound and Unbound, by David Loy, Part 2 of 3

…attention has become the basic commodity to be exploited. Click to read Part 1 of Awareness Bound and Unbound. The Commodification of Attention For most of us in the developed world, the greatest attention trap is consumerism, which involves sophisticated advertising that has become very good at manipulating our awareness. Today the bigger economic challenge […]

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Awareness Bound and Unbound, by David Loy, Part 1 of 3

Let the mind come forth without fixing it anywhere. (Diamond Sutra) The Platform Sutra makes the same point: “When our mind works freely without any hindrance, and is at liberty to ‘come’ or to ‘go,’ we attain liberation.” Such a mind “is everywhere present, yet it ‘sticks’ nowhere.” Our awareness becomes stuck when we identify […]

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A Very Impressive Gentleman, by Guy Zimmerman

Seeing Gotama so deeply engaged with the radical contingency of his time and place underscores how dogma will not help us – we must engage with experience breath by breath. Reading Stephen Batchelor’s Confession of a Buddhist Atheist is likely to have an irreversible impact on your image of the historical Buddha. Far from a […]

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