Causes taking shape

Buddhism presents a model of twelve links of dependent arising to describe the causal relationships that give rise to suffering. It is usually depicted as a circle, with the cycle beginning with ignorance, and developing through a chain of causal conditions that include volitional formations (activities), consciousness, mentality/materiality, six sense bases, contact, feeling, craving, clinging, [...]

Observing self constructions in speech

Speech events are a marvelous opportunities to observe the constructions of self. Notice the subtle motivations behind your speech today. When is the primary communication merely your own existence? Sometimes what is said is not very important; what we are really saying is, "notice me, I'm here, I'm special, I am like this, I am." [...]

2010-10-16T06:56:40-07:00October 16th, 2010|Daily Life Practice, Not-Self, Uncategorized|

Going home as refuge

I was poking in the Pali-English dictionary yesterday to prepare for a dhamma talk on taking refuge in the Buddha. The Pali term sarana is usually translated as refuge, but also may be translated as house, protection, and shelter. This morning I am contemplating taking refuge in the Buddha, taking refuge in the potential of [...]

2010-10-14T06:59:10-07:00October 14th, 2010|Ruminations, The Buddha, Uncategorized|

Metta without self

In the Loving Kindness (metta) class last night, Drew made an important point that brought out the essential nature of metta practice—metta practice cultivates an openness open toward all beings without imposing a strong position of self. The "near enemy" of metta describes what metta is not, but may be confused with, that is, attachment [...]

2017-02-16T09:34:59-08:00September 24th, 2010|Loving Kindness and Compassion, Not-Self, Uncategorized|

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