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...

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...

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) //...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Zen of Sourdough Baking

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I suppose it is not too wild to assume that this strange...

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...

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,...

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,...