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Getting Out of Prison ~ Dharmavidya

Dhyana & Chains Buddha says that dhyana releases one from "five fetters" - fetters are chains, as in prison. We are prisoners and dhyana is a kind of freedom. The...

Buddha's Ambivalence about Meditation ~ Dharmavidya

Buddha Taught Dhyana The Buddha taught “meditation” in a number of ways. I have put the word in quotes because there are several Sanskrit words that get translated as “meditation”...

Infographic: 3 Levels of Meditation

What does meditation look like beyond mindfulness? I made this infographic to offer a quick overview of the three levels of meditation: Presence, Stillness, and Inquiry. Feel free to share. read more

Through The Forests Again

In my post of 5 th April I published some of the pictures I took during my recent trip to Australia during which I visited some of the regions beautiful rain forests. Here are more pictures from the trip.

The Great Awakening Beckons

Never before have the teachings of the Buddha found themselves in a society as diverse as ours. The post The Great Awakening Beckons appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Queer Eye, Right View

The queer eye sees what it’s not supposed to. Likewise, the Dhammapada tells us that the wise see with the inner eye. The post Queer Eye, Right View appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Loosening the Knots of Anger Through Mindfulness Practice

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us how to relax the bonds of anger, attachment and delusion through mindfulness and kindness toward ourselves. The post Loosening the Knots of Anger Through Mindfulness Practice appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Why Is It So Hard To Be Natural? ~ Dharmavidya

Unnatural Existence The problem of neurosis is this. Why is it so difficult to be natural: to be straight-forward, to be in tune with one's instincts? Why do we worry...

Buddhist Ethics is a Fraud

Episode Description: “Shakyamuni Buddha, 2,500 years ago, taught exactly the same ethics that was only rediscovered in California 30 years ago. He was a feminist, and sexually liberal, and environmentally conscious, and anti-racist.Show More Summary

Rich color, rich textures

“Rich color, rich textures: this is such an uncontrived image. It’s a beautiful example of fresh seeing.” The post Rich color, rich textures appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Is, Was and Will be Enlightened

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin I love what I read on Listening Ear. This article Asking for Help, Risk and Reward was in the monthly newsletter, where I picked up on the above quote. Thanks … Continue reading Is, Was and Will be Enlightened ?

Religion and secular demands

When religion is made to please secular demands there is little left of it that can be rightly said to be religious in which direct knowledge of the spiritual substance is of ultimate importance. All religions perhaps should be measured...

Georgia Buddhist Jampa Pawo to be executed today

Jampa Pawo, a member of the Atlanta Shambhala community, is scheduled to be executed on the evening of April 27. The post Georgia Buddhist Jampa Pawo to be executed today appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Meditation teacher Larry Yang voted San Francisco Pride Parade’s Community Grand Marshal

"Who would have thought in the Buddha’s time that a queer dharma teacher would have such a role?” The post Meditation teacher Larry Yang voted San Francisco Pride Parade’s Community Grand Marshal appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Sutra on the Contemplation of the Buddha Amitayus

NOTE: The famous "Sutra on the Contemplation of Buddha Amitayus" (or simply, "Contemplation Sutra") is revered as canonical by all Pure Land Buddhists, and is one of the Three Sutras...

Samadhi Soup ~ Dharmavidya

Concentration Samadhi means concentration - like Heinz concentrated soup. One way to understand Dharma is to concentrate your soup. In your soup there are many ingredients - not just wholesome...

Finding our real home

We have no real home, i.e., a home in the sense of a lasting, deathless refuge. We have temporary shelters of various kinds from huge mansions to a small shack or tent. In this light, we can’t help but be...

A Bulimic World ~ Dharmavidya

Three Poisons In Buddhist psychology, we classify mental maladaptation into the so called three poisons of greed, hate and delusion. This is a rough and ready idea since in most...

Are We Really Meditating?

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel examines common misconceptions about Buddhist practice that can derail even the most seasoned practitioners. The post Are We Really Meditating? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

How to Transform Anger in 4 Steps

Using the traditional metaphor of the poison tree, Judy Lief teaches us four Buddhist techniques to work with our anger The post How to Transform Anger in 4 Steps appeared first on Lion's Roar.

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