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The Devil in the Mind

Known as Mara (Satan) in religious traditions, the devilish mind impacts in 12 common ways. Sharing of experiences, wise attention and daily practices contribute to the dissolution of the power of Mara in the mind. Continue reading 



IS THERE COMPASSION FOR THE SELF? GO DEEP. IS COMPASSION THE END OF SELF?

Western society has a compelling tendency to adapt every issue of life to the needs of the self.

Self-compassion. Self-help. Self-acceptance. From a separate self to a connected self. True Self.

A spiritual self. Self- enlightenment. The list goes on…. Continue reading 



Who am I? 40 Common Views About Ourselves. Brief Commentary. A Practice

Every view of I am might seem real, unreal or both at different times.

We might express a few views listed below of I am or many of them.

If a view is problematic about one ‘self’ or ‘another,’ then explore another view(s). Continue reading 



Who am I? 40 Common Views About Ourselves with Brief Commentary

Every view of I am might seem real, unreal or both at different times.

We might express a few views listed below of I am or many of them.

If a view is problematic about one ‘self’ or ‘another,’ then explore another view(s). Continue reading 



An Inquiry. From Ego to Inter-Connectedness and the Expanse

A retreatant participates in an Inquiry. An Inquiry does not include theories, abstract ideas, speculations or views of about the future. She or he sits besides myself in the front of the Dharma hall. A participant can speak about or ask about any significant issue of concern and interest that she or he wishes. An Inquiry might last for five minutes or 25 minutes and sometimes longer.. The Inquiry offers mindful/meditative listening for all of us. An Inquiry can generate an insight or understanding for questioner, listeners and teacher. The participant or myself can say ‘thank you’ to bring the Inquiry to a close at any time.  An inquiry might close with understanding or possibly for further reflection. 

Here is an example of an Inquiry. This Inquiry took place on the retreat in the Thai Monastery in Sarnath, India in February 2020. A few spots of editing help make clear when reading. Different initials used for person. Continue reading 




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