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Do I Create My Own Suffering? Does Another Create My Suffering? Or between us, we create suffering? Or is it Chance, Fate or Destiny?

The Buddha expressed a profound concern on our holding to personal views about the causes of suffering. If we do, we can blame ourselves, blame others, both ourselves and others or believe in circumstances we cannot prove.

I would advise every person looking into suffering to read and re-read the following words of the Buddha until deeply understood. In the bamboo grove in the Squirrel Sanctuary, Raghir in Bihar, India, the Buddha had  an inquiry with an austere yogi from another sect: Continue reading 



A MEDITATION ON THE DEATHLESS

The Deathless ends the Contraction

around the Mind-Body Formation

Liberation reveals freedom from contraction to the binary/dualistic presentation of life and death.

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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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