Category Archives: Dharma

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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Dealing with Sorrow and Grief

During one of our meditation group’s Buddha Dharma Exploration Classes, our guest teacher – Burmese monk:  Bhante UJotika said that the Buddha stressed that we: cultivate compassion and not sorrow.  One of the sangha members asked how to deal with … Continue reading

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Dissolving Greed

When I began attending Vipassana meditation retreats many years ago, I kept hearing the teachers point out the three Poisons, or three Unwholesome Roots that lead us to suffering as: “greed,” “hatred” and “delusion.” As my practice began to ripen … Continue reading

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Skillful Speech

Of all of my spiritual practices, consistently engaging in skillful speech has possibly been my greatest challenge.  Sometimes, it seems as though it takes constant effort, awareness, intention and a compassionate mind/heart (citta) to be skillful with my speech with … Continue reading

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The Magic of Working with Mental Formations

I recently attended my first Thich Nhat Hanh (TNH) Buddhist retreat.  My most enjoyable moments during this retreat occurred while listening to TNH’s talk about mental formations – what they are, where they come from, and how to work skillfully … Continue reading

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