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The Suffering of Self, Part 1 of 4, by David Loy

Buddhism isn’t about helping us become well-adjusted. A socially well-adjusted ego-self is still a sick ego-self, for there remains something problematical about it. It is still infected by dukkha. If someone asked you to summarize the teachings of the Buddha, what would you say? For most Buddhists, probably the first thing that would come to mind […]

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Message from Henry: The Six Virtues

They may be understood more as six overlapping, unfolding, but loose, endlessly repeatable stages. The “paramitas” are often translated as “perfections” but that may sound a little unattainable. They are… dana – generosity: giving freely. sila – ethical restraint, guided by the precepts: in sum, refraining from harm kshanti – patience: with the vicissitudes of […]

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Message from Henry: Doubt and Humility

…humility is the cure not just for doubt as a hindrance, but for many of our ills. Pure Land Buddhists say the hindrance of doubt is self-generated. Doubt involves some measure of unwillingness to give the Way the benefit of the doubt – a reluctance to let go of what we think we know. It […]

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Message from Henry: A Clear Mind and Heart

“Just sitting” practice (shikantaza) is also sometimes described as the practice of “doing nothing.” Doing nothing doesn’t mean that nothing is going on. Rather, we become clear that whatever is going on, we don’t need to do anything about it. ***** What fills the gap (if there is one) between awakening and ordinary life is […]

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The Earth as Witness: International Dharma Teachers’ Statement on Climate Change, by David R Loy

…craving, aversion, and delusion are also the root causes of climate change. Climate change is perhaps humanity’s greatest teacher yet about how these mental forces, when unchecked in ourselves and our institutions, cause harm to other people and the living environment. A group of Dharma teachers have issued the following statement describing core Buddhist insights […]

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Message from Henry: Koan Training in the West

We have a tendency in the West to understand Buddhist meditation practice as primarily an individual effort for individual benefits. It’s certainly true that we ourselves must do the “heavy-lifting” of maintaining a practice, yet it’s a communal practice… Two points about koan training in the West: 1. Keeping koan training “true” — in the […]

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Message from Henry: Occupant or Host

…our practice can over time become more like the ability to play host to whatever kind of experience arises. It’s so easy to get blown off course in practice. In fact although there may be periods when we are staying true to the Path, most of the time it can be a matter of repeated […]

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