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Fall 2013

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Brief Teachings

Get Intimate with Your Emotions

If you want more joy, get as intimate as possible with all of your emotions, illuminating and honoring the basic energy of each one. There is a kind of joy that sooner or later emerges from such exploration, the joy of simply being present at the heart of whatever we are feeling. Such joy weeps […]

By Robert Augustus Masters

Brief Teachings

Your Best

The best learning is realizing the truth of no-self. The best discipline is taming your mindstream.  The best excellence is to have great altruism.  The best instruction is the constant observation of your mind.  The best antidote is the recognition that everything is devoid of intrinsic existence.  The best conduct is that which is at […]

By Atisha

Brief Teachings

Rain, the Snow, and Moon

Every day, priests minutely examine the Law And endlessly chant complicated sutras. Before doing that, though, they should learn How to read the love letters sent by the wind and rain,      the snow and moon.  ♦ Trans. Sonja Arntzen. From Ikkyu and the Crazy Cloud Anthology: A Zen Poet of Medieval Japan. University of […]

By Ikkyu

Brief Teachings

Cutting the Threads

It doesn’t take much reflection to realize that everything you think of as “yours”…will, in the not-too-distant future, belong to someone else—if it is not discarded altogether. A friend’s mother recently died and he had been sorting through her belongings. He was able to take his time over this, and he noticed that gradually each object […]

By Subhadramati

Brief Teachings

The Best Possible Habit

Karma is basically habit. It’s the momentum of repeated actions that become habitual. It’s in our best interest to develop as many positive habits as we can. In the Mahanama Sutta, the Buddha said, “Just as oil rises to the top of a pot submerged in water, your virtue, your goodness, your faith, or generosity […]

By Andrew Holecek
Illustration by Roberto La Forgia

Brief Teachings

Tuning the Mind

When I look at relationships, my own and others, I see a whole range of reasons we get together and ways we interact. Some are transactional, but the deeper impulse of every human relationship is to evoke the love and oneness that unites us. But what actually happens is that many relationships reinforce our separateness […]

By Ram Dass

Brief Teachings

A Contemplation

I contemplated my greed for peace. And I did not seek tranquillity anymore. ♦ From Teachings of a Buddhist Monk, © 1990/2001 Ajahn Sumedho. Reprinted by permission of Buddhist Publishing Group.

By Ajahn Sumedho
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