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Author: Francis Maile
Devotion in Buddhism
One point of view here. And a response.
Self – No Self
I’ve been trying to come up with a way to explain the concept of no self. This is as good as any other. Of all the words we use to disguise the hollowness of the human condition, none is more influential than ‘myself.’ It consists of a collage of still images—name, gender, nationality, profession, enthusiasms,…
Clarity and Happiness
“The suffering and happiness each of us experiences, is a reflection of the distortion or clarity with which we view ourselves and the world.” The key is knowing the true nature of self. – Dalai Lama Read more in BuddhaDharma Magazine
What Is Happiness?
I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness lately. Here are some ideas:http://blog.ted.com/2011/08/19/playlist-5-mindshifting-talks-on-happiness/
Big Sit – First Week
Just a little over a week into the Big Sit and we’re still going. I know its a little crazy to congratulate myself after only a week, but its the longest period of time I’ve managed to maintain a sitting practice since moving a little over a year ago. I noticed on Tricycle’s Community pages…
Big Sit – A Rocky Start
The first day went just fine. I had thrown my back out last week and was considering joining in a little later. But it’s been feeling better so I went ahead. Actually, I think the sitting posture helped. Then, last night my daughter wanted to be picked up and carried to bed (she’s 8). I…
Tricycle Big Sit
Tricycle Magazine’s 90-day Zen Meditation Challenge begins today. Some of you may remember last year’s Commit to Sit Challenge. The idea is to join together with a community of people who all commit to beginning a sitting practice. (more soon)
Zen ritual, like most things Zen, is pretty bare-bones. Still when I moved away from the center where I had been practicing, I found myself missing it. I had been looking for a way to bring some ritual into my daily life without cluttering things up too much. I felt this need more greatly after…
Why I Am A Buddhist
I’m not sure I am, really. I haven’t been ‘confirmed’, taken Jukai, taken refuge officially or anything. My meditation practice is spotty at best. I’m not yet sure I believe or even understand all the Buddha taught. One of the reasons I started this site was to explore these issues. I have a tendency to…