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You Were Liked and Now You Are Not

By: Ronya Banks One of the Buddha’s most poignant teachings applicable to daily life are the Eight Worldly Winds:  Profit & Loss, Pleasure & Pain, Praise & Blame, and Fame & Disrepute (Shame).  As you can see, each pair consists … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Riding the Waves of Grief

  By Ronya Banks I have lost so much in this life, and although many of these losses have been quite painful, I have been rocked by the recent loss of my best friend and companion – Thomas, my cat … Continue reading

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Making Wise Decisions

You get invited to various events and social outings, or you may want to take a specialized class or trip, etc throughout your life.  Then the question becomes, which ones do you choose to attend, and which ones do you … Continue reading

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Waking Up from the Trance State

A lot of Buddhist teachers (including myself) describe our meditation practice as the tool we use to wake up out of our induced “trance state” of consciousness.  This implies that we have been sleeping all along, and with practice we … Continue reading

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Connecting with the Ground – Earth

Tonight I gave a dharma talk about connecting with the “Earth” as an important grounding part of your spiritual practice. I spoke about how cultivating our minds is similar to cultivating one’s soil and earth in preparation for a garden. … Continue reading

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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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