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Follow the “Flow”

Go to http://www.flowdestiny.com to follow my new blog project, called Mastering “Flow”.  It is based on a spiritual, energetic theme I have been exploring in my contemplative and life practices, which I call “Flow”. In this blog, I will be sharing … Continue reading

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How Much Truthfulness Is Too Much

Strangely enough, the same week our Vipassana meditation group (AIM) explored truthfulness, two people whom I consider close friends were both independently and blatantly dishonest with me.  There was no question about the fact that they were lacking truthfulness.  My … Continue reading

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Transforming Our World From the Inside-Out

I am honestly tired of hearing so many spiritual soothsayers from around the globe bombarding us with warnings that we are entering a new era, where humankind will be subjected to overwhelming spiritual and physical energies.  According to their prophecies, … Continue reading

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Mindful Speech – Part 1.

While leading AIM sangha’s group discussion, I was very moved by people’s sharing about their difficulties with practicing Mindful or Wise Speech.  Their sharing (some of which I will include below)  illuminated our mutual challenges as human beings.  After all, … Continue reading

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Why the Buddha made the “No Wealth” Rule for the Noble Disciples

During our Dharma talk discussion last Tuesday night concerning money, one of the sangha members asked why the Buddha made the rule that the persons taking refuge with the Buddha – noble disciples, now called Buddhist monks, could not own … Continue reading

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Faith – Saddha

When we hear the word faith, many of us lean towards of the concept of “blind faith” presented to us by exposure to organized religion.  While many folks’ previous experience with this version of faith has buoyed their confidence, by … Continue reading

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R.A.I.N.

While attending a Tara Brach retreat, I learned a great process that anyone can use to transform difficult mind states to calmer, more peaceful states.  It is called the RAIN method, and is taught at many Western mindfulness meditation retreats.  … Continue reading

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The Holiday Season – A Perfect Time to Access that Quiet Place Within

As you may already know, I’ve been on self-retreat for the month of December and I have been able to spend this time meditating a lot.  This has been such a gift for me to be able to access the … Continue reading

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Death & Dying – A Buddhist Perspective

Fear no more the heat o’ the sun, Nor the furious winters rages; Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone and ta’en thy wages; Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. Fear no more … Continue reading

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Dark Night of the Soul

Co-Authors:  Dillon Shelton & Ronya Banks Spiritual seekers, beware!  The path to enlightenment can be both rewarding and treacherous.  Many great spiritual seekers throughout time described how their spiritual practices underwent a time period(s) laden with darkness, despair, fear, anxiety, … Continue reading

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