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KARMA: ENTRAPMENT OR LIBERATION

In INSIGHTS by Ira Rechtshaffer2 Comments

Once we separated from our essential nature and created an observer in here, and an observed world out there, we inadvertently created a psychological abyss. Samsara or collective neurosis, is both a symptom of our disconnection from our primordial nature, as well as our confused to search to recover it in all the wrong places.

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CULTURAL FACTORS SHAPING BUDDHA’S MESSAGE

In ACTIVISM by Ira Rechtshaffer2 Comments

In contrast with the Buddhist message, which affirms the preciousness of our human birth and our original enlightened nature, there are psychological and socioeconomic forces in our western culture working in exact opposition. Several developments in our cultural history have dramatically shaped our view of ourselves, displacing us from cosmic significance and eventually led to a mood of nihilistic doubt about our awakened heart of compassion

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SHINING A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

In INSIGHTS by Ira Rechtshaffer3 Comments

The shadow holds the wounded and broken parts of ourselves, the failed ideals, the fateful consequences of poor choices. It is the inferior, unprocessed, or undeveloped aspects of our personality that our social mask hides.