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Dharmatalk: The Process of Letting Go of Everything

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“… You can only see it when you are it …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Human beings tend to get constantly captivated by their “default mode network,” which can generate a continuous stream of internal commentary. To really be able to be present without an outward task: that is the basic meaning of the […]


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Dharmatalk: The Zone of Phenomena

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“… The principle of zen is: body and mind fall away …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Having reached the fourth aspect of mindfulness, which is the seventh fold of the Noble Eightfold Path, which is itself the fourth of the Four Noble Truths, we find that dharma gates are indeed countless. Buddha gave this, […]


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Dharmatalk: Dharmas within Dharmas

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“… We observe the unfolding of our awareness like a butterfly … opening up its wings …” “… Let the breath show itself to your awareness …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. In our exploration of the Four Noble Truths, we have seen how the Buddha keeps re-slicing the pie, going into the nature of our […]


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Dharmatalk: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

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“… Letting it be as it is, we have to drop the wish that it be otherwise …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. To achieve concentration in practice, one must have established the four foundations of mindfulness. Having ardent alertness, clearly comprehending all that arises within and around the body, its feelings, the mind, and […]


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Dharmatalk: Right Mindfulness

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“… bringing awareness back to the present moment whenever our minds wander …” “… Here, a person dwells, contemplating the body in the body …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. The original sanskrit word smrti, which often gets translated as “mindfulness,” also means “remembering to be aware.” Modern culture offers us many ways to distract […]


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Dharmatalks: Cultivating Meditative Awareness

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“… In our right effort we are developing the capacity to work on the unwholesome …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Right effort in practice, the sixth fold in the Noble Eightfold Path, consists in working to diminish unwholesome states of mind or being. Likewise, the practitioner should work to cultivate states of mind that […]


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Dharmatalk: Right Livelihood

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“… It’s almost as if there’s no point practising unless we attend to how we’re living …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Buddha taught that when following the way of Right Livelihood, we should not engage in occupations that may promote harm. It isn’t always easy in today’s world to advance in a profession that […]


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Dharmatalk: The Reorientation of Intention

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“… Right Action is part of the undertakings that are necessary if we are to pursue the path of awakening …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Right Action in the Noble Eightfold Path was first described by Buddha in terms of abstaining or refraining from causing any harm. We can also consider it in […]


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Dharmatalk: The Integrity of Our Words

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“… we discern how to act morally as we tread between the Oneness that we encounter in meditation and the multifariousness of the world we live in …” “Thank you very much, I have no complaints“ Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Right Speech means abstaining from uttering falsehoods, from saying malicious or harsh things, […]


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Dharmatalk: Expanding Altruism

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“I want to devote my life to the wellbeing of the world“ Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Do we have free will to act morally, or is our behavior merely a function of our social conditioning? We find that if we orient our behavior correctly, in accordance with the second step in the Noble […]


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