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stephen batchelor everyday sublime

Brief Teachings

The Everyday Sublime

The experience of the sublime exceeds our capacity for representation. The world is excessive: every blade of grass, every ray of sun, every falling leaf is excessive. None of these things can be adequately captured in concepts, images, or words. They overreach us, spilling beyond the boundaries of thought. Their sublimity brings the thinking, calculating […]

By Stephen Batchelor

Brief Teachings

A Few Simple Lines

To make my sitting practice a daily priority.To spend less time being social with strangers, online.To think twice before acting on the heart’s closings.To not expect too much, and be grateful for what is.To make room for the unavoidable unpleasantness.To not cling to pleasant things, people, or moments.To have compassion for my imperfections, and those […]

By Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Brief Teachings

Like a Mirage

Distorted perceptions are like a mirage. Deceived by a mirage, a deer runs quickly toward what it perceives as water. As he runs, he sees that the water-like mirage is still far ahead of him. So he keeps running toward it to drink. When he is even more tired and thirsty, he stops and looks […]

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Brief Teachings

Thinking of Quitting Thinking

Many times I hear students say, “I don’t want to think—I just want to sit.” They fear that any analytical process is too “mental” and will only lead to more of the conceptual, discursive thinking that already overburdens the Western approach to life. For example, one time, when I led a program on Contemplative Meditation, […]

By Khenpo Gawang

Brief Teachings

Capable Compassion

Compassion is not just an emotion one might feel after reading something sad or heartbreaking. Our compassion is a source of energy and strength. It is the basis for our actions in the world. ♦ From Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us, by Tai Moses © 2014 Parallax Press. Reprinted with permission of the […]

By Tai Moses

Brief Teachings

Meeting Mara

The path to uncovering our heart’s positive qualities is a radical one. It is fraught with the demons of the heart/mind that in Buddhism we call Mara. Mara is the aspect of heart/mind that creates roadblocks, gives excuses, procrastinates, and urges us to avoid all the unpleasant mind states that accompany the healing of awakening. […]

By Noah Levine

Brief Teachings

Coming, Going

Empty-handed I entered the world Barefoot I leave it. My coming, my going— Two simple happenings That got entangled. ♦ From Japanese Death Poems, compiled by Yoel Hoffman. © 1998 Tuttle Publishing. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 

By Kozan Ichikyo
Man with head bowed, remorse in buddhism

Brief Teachings

The Sweet Pain of Remorse

One particular difficulty, which is one of the most effective catalysts to awakening the heart, is experiencing the pain of remorse. Sometimes we get a glimpse of the fact that we’re living from vanity or unkindness or pettiness, and we feel a cringe of conscience. This is the experience of remorse, which arises when we […]

By Ezra Bayda

Brief Teachings

Every Revolution Needs Fresh Poems

Every revolution needs fresh poems that is the reason poetry cannot die. It is the reason poets go without sleep and sometimes without lovers without new cars and without fine clothes the reason we commit to facing the dark and resign ourselves, regularly, to the possibility of being wrong. Poetry is leading us. It never […]

By Alice Walker

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Books in Brief Summer 2014

  Buddhist writer Clark Strand is disillusioned with American Buddhism. That is, he avows, with the exception of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the world’s largest lay Buddhist institution, whose presence has been steadily growing on American shores as well as abroad. Founded in Japan in 1930, the organization now boasts 12 million members in 192 […]

By Alex Caring-Lobel
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