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stephen batchelor everyday sublime

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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…

By Stephen Batchelor

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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…

By Marguerite Manteau-Rao

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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…

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

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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…

By Khenpo Gawang

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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…

By Tai Moses

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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…

By Kozan Ichikyo

Man with head bowed, remorse in buddhism

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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…

By Ezra Bayda

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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…

By Alice Walker

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