The Joys of Just Being Normal

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By Gijs A young monk was trying really hard to meditate, but he just was not able to focus properly. Frustrated with himself, he went...

The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings

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Last month, we published Verena's aspirations to follow the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings in her daily life and to ordain into the Order of Interbeing. Below is her...

Right Livelihood

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By Jonathan Borella As 18-35 year olds, Right Livelihood is an especially important practice. We’re at a time when we are beginning careers, developing passions,...

Practicing with Donald Trump

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by Jonathan Borella I shouldn’t have stayed up to watch the election at Deer Park Monastery. It was my intention not to. Even when a...

Loving Speech and Deep Listening

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By Jonathan Borella The Fourth Mindfulness Training: Loving Speech and Deep Listening Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to...

Generosity

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By Jonathan Borella Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, I am committed to practicing generosity in my thinking, speaking,...

Meditation on the Elements that Comprise the Body

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By Jonathan Borella "Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out." As I hold my attention...

The Way of Aspiration

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by Jonathan Borella  In one hand, I hold life’s suffering.  The other holds its joy.  Joined together a lotus blossoms from the heart  And the way of aspiration...

Aimless Determination

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By Jonathan Borella The Buddha spoke of three doors of liberation: Signlessness, Aimlessness, and Emptiness. Often, these doors were taught as practices to engage practitioners...

Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself

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I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the Lord was staying in the Mango Grove in the cool shade of the...

Gross National Happiness

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Talk and Q & A with Dr. Ha Vinh Tho (Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village Tradition, Program Coordinator at the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan) //...

Mirror meditation: it’s harder than it looks.

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Breathing in and out in front of the mirror, first thing in the morning, experiment with contemplating: Awareness is a mirror reflecting the four elements. Beauty is a heart...

A Rose for Your Pocket

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_____________________________________________________________________ Mother's Day - Sunday, 9th of May 2010 What will we do on this day to express our love and gratitude towards our mothers? Please share...