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A LIFE WELL LIVED

In WISDOM TEACHERS by Lyse Lauren2 Comments

Chadral Rinpoche encouraged us to recognize our ‘true nature,’ because absolutely nothing else will be of any use to us in the long run. This and this alone is the chief and crucial point. In recognizing and practicing, one brings into balance all other factors in one’s life.

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MEDITATION AS SUSTENANCE FOR DEATH & DYING

In INSIGHTS by Sera Kunzang Lhamo1 Comment

For the dying process to not be painful and confusing, there must be preparation. Though we apply this common sense in most every area, death must be approached as natural, not eschewed as distasteful taboo. Masters of meditation experience death’s transition as a mere change of clothes, and have described it as best they can, motivated by great compassion. Yet crossing over is a solo journey, one we must each traverse alone.

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THE BLINDSPOT IN THE WESTERN EYE

In FICTION by Jon Norris6 Comments

The origin of the beliefs that lie behind the Judaeo-Christian world-view and the political systems based on them are not well known. Jon Norris has done some important detective work to shed light on western traditions that are rarely questioned and sacred truths that are little more than superstition. Buddhadharma offers the West a path back to sanity, but time is of the essence.

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TOUCHING

In TRAINING by Frans StieneLeave a Comment

Touch is such an important element in healing and also in our daily life. But how do we touch? One of the most important elements to touch in the right way is our mind, because if our mind is not in the right space, touch can become very different, even hurtful. Let’s look first at touching ourselves because if we do not know how to touch ourselves, then how can we touch others in the right way?

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BUDDHISM IN CHINESE CULTURE

In SACRED WORLD by Lee Weingrad7 Comments

For almost all countries that Buddhism came to, it was a force of civilization. Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Tibet, Mongolia, all got their written languages from Buddhist scholar-missionaries. But not China. China was a civilized country at the time, with its own language and literature when Buddhism arrived.

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WITHOUT EMOTION, THERE IS NO WAY TO PUT THINGS INTO EFFECT

In INSIGHTS by Sonia Gomes8 Comments

One of my first questions to a teacher was about emotions. In my mistaken view, Buddhists were people who had subjugated all their conflicts, and so they lived continually in a state of equilibrium, which, for me, made them unshakable, but also somewhat insensitive. If I practiced Buddhism, would I become a person in total self-control, cold and without emotions?

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REFLECTIONS THAT TURN THE MIND

In TRAINING by Alejandro SerranoLeave a Comment

True practice involves changing thick habits of body, speech and mind. Sounds simple when you say it. It even sounds romantic and heroic: I will transform my thoughts, words and deeds to become enlightened for the benefit of all sentient beings. A hardcore dharma practitioner soon realizes that this particular resolve is hard.

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DURATION IS THE FORMAL APPEARANCE OF REALITY

In INNER KNOWLEDGE by James Corrigan4 Comments

One day I realized that everything I was trying to say in regard to the naturing of manifested phenomena had one, and really only one essence: duration. Which raised a question in my mind: What is awareness if there is no duration to it? I suddenly saw that awareness, in all its guises, was only that duration we ignore as we attempt to put our finger on its essence!

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MILAREPA’S SONG TO SHAKYA GUNA

In INSIGHTS by Erik Pema KunsangLeave a Comment

If these perceptions and samsara do not exist, then there seem to be no need for practice. If the mind does not exist, then there seems to be no doer. If there is no master, then one does not know how to practice. Please clarify these and also give me the pointing-out instruction to the nature of mind. In response, Jetsün Milarepa sang this song.

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FEAR

In INSIGHTS by Lyse Lauren2 Comments

We have the power to turn our mind to whatever we choose, whenever we choose. This kind of freedom is something that we normally take completely for granted and yet so very much depends upon it and upon the knowing of it.

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ON NATURING AND WHY IT MATTERS

In INNER KNOWLEDGE by James CorriganLeave a Comment

Look within what you experience as you and realize that all that you are cognizing is manifesting presentially, by appearing, being present in the now. Then, look outwards towards your experience of the world and realize that everything you are cognizing is manifesting presentially here as well.

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SPIRITUALITY ISN’T ROCKET SCIENCE

In SACRED WORLD by Jacob Aremark5 Comments

The West has a very strong tradition for doing science. In fact, the tradition has been so firmly established as our fundamental worldview, that it is often overlooked as being exactly that: One of many possible worldviews. But the scientific way of thinking wasn’t always around.

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JUSTICE AS NATURAL LAW

In ACTIVISM by Shakti Das1 Comment

Introducing our new category ACTIVISM, with an essay by Shakti Das, American philosopher and writer. LEVEKUNST art of life highlights important issues to activate us all to do our best to restore peace and harmony in our human civilization. Enjoy this first important article, exploring the very concept of justice.