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WHAT COMES FIRST

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Jason EspadaLeave a Comment

There is something that comes before all other contemplation, that if it is lacking whatever time and energy is spent in studying is as good as wasted.  I’m referring here to a clarity of mind that grasps what’s being talked about, and that can understand it and make connections with our own life, at least to some extent. If we are not moved inwardly by what we hear or read, then something essential is missing.

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A THREE-MINUTE MARY’S HEART MEDITATION

In TRAINING by Niels Viggo HansenLeave a Comment

Sit, lie or stand just like that, for a moment. Two or three breaths. Now imagine, and it doesn’t matter if this is a clear image or just a thought, that Mary is present right here, with a big heart that just loves you unconditionally and deeply wants all the best for you.

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BAMIYAN REBORN

In VISUAL ART by Andra Samelson1 Comment

Andra Samelson’s art celebrating the world’s two tallest standing statues of Buddha that were destroyed on March 11, 2001 in Bamiyan, Afghanistan by the fundamentalist Taliban rulers. These statues were of tremendous importance to the cultural heritage of Afghanistan. The intention was to relate the tragic event in Bamiyan to the tragic event of the eradication of Tibet, and to the Dalai Lama’s forced exit from Tibet, while emphasizing that as a living Buddha, he is still present in the world as a symbol of peace and compassion and tolerance.

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PROGRESSIVE VARIATIONS ON SHAMATHA CONCENTRATION

In TRAINING by Tobin Shenpen Rangdrol4 Comments

Just as we experience the fear, love, and humor of the characters in a movie, so do we experience the enlightened mind of the entities that we visualize. When we visualize an enlightened entity, we are able to recognize its enlightened mind because it is our own – it is inherent within us and it is the basis of our consciousness – so when we call upon it, we find it to be there.

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BUDDHISM’S NON-PREFERENTIAL PROBLEM

In ACTIVISM by José M. Tirado21 Comments

Some people are beneficiaries of a system that enables certain individuals to amass inconceivable riches while countless others are condemned to lives of squalor and disenfranchisement. And while Buddhism extends its systemic lenses on a much wider framework of human suffering, the in-between area of the immediately near us is sometimes neglected.