Four Immeasurables: Equanimity

Equanimity.

This is not a word the children will know. It’s a word a lot of adults don’t know.

It means: mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness.

The Sanskrit word is upeksha. It’s sometimes translated as nonattachment or evenmindedness.

It means remaining impartial. We should cultivate an ability to shed discrimination and prejudice, to remove…

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On the Mystic’s Path: Part One

On The Mystic’s Path: part one

When I was a kid I had a mystical experience.

Actually I can remember 3. I might have had more but those really set me on a path.

Not that that’s really important. But sometimes when I’m meditating, when I’m having trouble sitting still, there’s a trick I can do. I can just try to recall those events and put my mind back into exactly those states. It works every…

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Four Immeasurables: Joy

The third of the four immeasurables is joy.

This represents joyous contentment, being happy in the present moment. We don’t want to rush to the future. We know that if we appreciate things, then everything we need is in the present moment. Many small things can bring us tremendous joy, such as awareness that we have eyes that are in relatively good condition. We just have to open our eyes to see…

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His name is Ashoka

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/10/his-name-is-ashoka-the-cameraman-who-got-ebola/

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Four Immeasurables: Compassion

The second of the Four Immeasurables is compassion.

This is the intention to relieve and transform suffering. It means to see someone hurting and to want to help them.

To strengthen our compassion we need to practice mindful breathing, deep listening, and deep looking. Compassion requires attention so we can be completely aware of the suffering of others and the steps to relieve it.

It also…

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Far Out Ch’an Project

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/10/the-far-out-chan-project/

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the Metta Sutta

This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who seeks the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,

Contented and easily satisfied,
with few responsibilities and easy going,
grounded, and not impulsive;
not chasing status

And not doing the slightest thing
which is denounced by the Wise in others
May they have…

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The Paramita of Understanding

Prajna Paramita is the perfection of understanding.

This is the highest form of understanding, free from concepts, ideas, and views. Prajna is the seed of Enlightenment within us. This is what carries us to Enlightenment.

There is a lot of Buddhist literature on Prajna Paramita, including the Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra. I really recommend reading these, but we can’t really go over them…

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Chinese Government Rejects Dalai Lama’s Claim

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a followup

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The Dalai Lama said he should be the last one.

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