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Do each of us believe deep down that we're just a little bit more important than everyone else? My happiness, my goals, my relationships? The root cause of our suffering from the Buddhist perspective is this belief, a delusion called ignorance, seen as the true source of all our suffering: from disappointment in the face of life's setbacks, to the dissatisfaction we can feel even when we get exactly what we want. It's a retelling of the Buddha's very first teaching, The Four Noble Truths: on suffering, its causes and antidotes, with a modern twist.Episode 15. Am I More Important Than Everyone Else in the Universe?Two years ago, we created A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment to share the rich tradition of Tibetan Buddhist analytical meditation in a form that requires no belief beyond what science currently accepts. The first 40 episodes of the podcast gradually go through all of these topics, in order, beginning with appreciating the gift of our life and our place in the universe, and gradually moving up to cultivating boundless compassion for all beings and understanding the ultimate nature of our inner and outer realities. Over the next year, interspersed with new interviews, we are re-releasing updated versions of these topics.Support the show
Haben Sie schon den ersten Teil von "Selbstheilung" gelesen, click Wie gesagt, Selbstheilung ist ein Prozess, der unserem Körper und unserem Geist natürlich vorgegeben ist, der aber (zumindest bei geistigen Leiden) aktiv geführt werden muss. Was sich im Übrigen zu einhundert Prozent mit der buddhistischen Lehre deckt, Buddha erklärte immer wieder, dass die Krankheiten des Geistes aus dem Ego kommen, aus überzüchteten Ängsten, Sorgen und sinnloser Selbstfolter, wenn wieder die Gedanken (unkontrolliert) anfangen sich zu verselbstständigen. Aber macht eine solche Vorgehensweise (Selbstheilung) für Sie überhaupt Sinn? Haben Sie die Willensstärke, die Leidensfähigkeit und den passenden Charakter? Um bei den Worten Buddhas zu bleiben, es wird so kommen, wenn es so kommen soll! Als erstes Zwischenziel müssen Sie einen Plan aufstellen, ohne Plan geht gar nichts. Dieser Plan sollte umfassend sein, ähnlich einem Bauplan für ein Haus oder ein Hotel, alle wichtigen Eckpunkte umfassen. Anders wie bei einem solchen Haus-Plan kann Ihr Selbstcoaching-Plan immer wieder verändert werden, jeden Tag, jede Stunde. Um so einen Workflow zu erarbeiten benötigen Sie die Fähigkeit, Ihr Leben schonungslos zu analysieren, also auch die Leiden des Augenblicks zu betrachten. Sie können eben nicht vor dem Schicksal davonlaufen, Sie müssen das Hier und das Jetzt so betrachten, wie es eben ist, nicht so wie Sie es sich wünschen. Sie sind alt und krank, dann ist das so. Sie sind nicht sehr schlau, dann müssen Sie damit leben. Sie sind übergewichtig, damit etwa müssen Sie nicht leben. Sie sind abhängig (Alkohol, Drogen, Sex, Macht oder Geld), das können Sie ändern. Unter was leiden Sie? Nach dem Lehrer aller Lehrer (Buddha) basteln wir uns unsere Leiden selbst, alles steuern wir mit unserem Ich, das eben vom Karma geprägt wurde. Wenn wir also beschließen mit dem Leiden aufzuhören, dann ist das "der erste Teil des Plans zum Nirvana", den man gerne eben auch Selbsttherapie nennen kann. Wollen Sie sich verändern? Dann machen Sie es doch einfach! Die Methode für eine Heilung Ihres Selbst ist die Lehre des Buddhismus, die gerade bei den Störungen der Geistestätigkeiten einhakt. Diesen muss man sich zwingend stellen, ein normaler Arzt kann hier allenfalls begleitend helfen (zu Risiken und Nebenwirkungen fragen Sie besser sich selbst), denn kein Arzt der Welt hat genügend Zeit für Sie (die durchschnittliche Verweildauer eines Patienten beim Arzt in Deutschland beträgt ca. 5 Minuten). Trotzdem müssen Sie sich informieren, sich eine Meinung bilden vor Sie loslegen. Gerade im Netz gibt es unzählige Ratgeber zur Selbstheilung, suchen Sie sich das Material zusammen, welches für Sie Sinn ergibt. Lesen Sie hier in den nächsten Tagen weiter zum Thema "Selbstheilung". Der Weg ist gerade dabei das Ziel! Copyright: https://shaolin-rainer.de Bitte laden Sie sich auch meine App "Buddha-Blog" aus den Stores von Apple und Android.
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The Buddha talked about the nature of existence - how there is birth, death, illness - the human condition in other words. In this talk Mary takes a very personal look at how the teachings of the Buddha as well as examples from neuroscience and even baseball, allow her to experience the human condition with equanimity and joy.Recorded August 4, 2022 in the virtual world
Mindfulness can be used to train the mind: to make the mind more peaceful and see your world differently. Mindfulness, in this way, is used to remember things we've learned and intend to put into practice. For example, we may have heard the teaching to gather all blame into one--our mental afflictions. We might agree that there are no external problems or enemies; our problems come from our mental afflictions, such as anger, attachment, ignorance, pride, or greed. To practice mindfulness, we could then determine to recall this wisdom when we start to get angry or upset. Mindfulness is used to remember our determination to practice this wisdom and not blame another person or situation for our unpleasant feelings. This practice helps us let the unpleasant feelings pass without clinging to them and blaming others. Mindfulness is a powerful tool for creating a happy mind. Always Rely on a Happy Mind (One of Atisha's 59 slogans of training the mind.) The Story of the Elephant Called Paveyyaka While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (327) of this book, with reference to the elephant, called Paveyyaka. Paveyyaka when young was very strong; in due course, he became old and decrepit. One day, as old Paveyyaka went into a pond he was stuck in the mire and could not get on to the shore. When King Pasenadi of Kosala was told about it, he sent an elephant trainer to help the elephant get out of the mire. The elephant trainer went to the site where the elephant was. There, he made the musicians strike up a martial tune. Hearing the military airs, the elephant felt as if he were in a battlefield; his spirits rose, he pulled himself with all his might, and was soon out of the mire. When the bhikkhus told the Buddha about this he said, "Bhikkhus! Just as that elephant pulled itself out of the mire, so also, must you all pull yourselves out of the mire of moral defilements." Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows: Take delight in mindfulness, guard your mind well. As an elephant stuck in mire pulls itself out, so also, pull yourself out of the mire of moral defilements. —Buddha, Dhammapada, Verse 327: “If in battle your sword were to fall from your hand, you would without hesitation immediately retrieve it out of fear for your life. Likewise, when you battle the afflictions and lose the weapon of mindfulness (which does not forget the subjective and objective aspects of engaging in what is to be adopted and rejecting what is to be cast aside), you must immediately reapply mindfulness.” —Je Tsongkapa, Take delight in mindfulness, guard your mind well. As an elephant stuck in the mire pulls itself out, so also pull yourself out of the mire of moral defilements. —Buddha, The Dhammapada References and Links Buddha.The Dhammapada. Translated by Gil Fronsdale. (Kindle). Shambala, Boston and London, 2011. (Link) Je Tsongkhapa. Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, by Je Tsongkhapa, Volume 2. (Kindle.)Translated by the Lamrim Chenmo Translation Committee. Joshua Cutler, Editor-in-Chief, and Guy Newlan, Editor, pp 187-197. Buddha (1986).The Dhammapada: Verses and Stories. Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A. (Website). Edited by Editorial Committee, Burma Tipitaka Association Rangoon. Courtesy of Nibbana.com. For free distribution only, as a gift of dhamma. https://www.tipitaka.net/tipitaka/dhp/verseload.php?verse=327 Find us at the links below: https://www.facebook.com/Buddhismforeveryone Join our private group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sanghatalk/ https://www.instagram.com/buddhism.with.joann.fox
In dieser Episode hörst Du Daily Reminder von Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim über die Tatsachen der Natur, " die,wenn wir sie genau betrachten, den Geist haben, sich umeinander zu kümmern und einander zu unterstützen.Daher kann alles in Einklang erreicht werden. Wir sollten jedoch beachten, dass wenn bestimmte Dinge verschwinden, sie nicht wirklich verschwinden, da sie wieder erscheinen."(Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim 10.605)Thank You very much Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim,viel Spass,Hapchang,Deine Gak Duk
Echappées belles https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-HX7z7qJlbuYvhTa3VhGKQ The History of Demons https://youtu.be/Ee3HQ_luNqE How the secrets of ancient cuneiform texts are being revealed by AI https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25533981-400-how-the-secrets-of-ancient-cuneiform-texts-are-being-revealed-by-ai/ The Origins of the Antichrist https://youtu.be/Cjj_5DK-rU4 The Reason Why They Gave Jesus a Beard https://youtu.be/7DUekrCnye8 Who was the Buddha? https://youtu.be/heUhARKl2bY The Origins of Satan https://youtu.be/5sYhbtk8jJc Studying Aristotle's “Poetics” https://link.medium.com/eGIeVr34isb What did Aristotle mean by ... Read more
Giving Yourself to the Three Jewels What is it to look to the 'Three Jewels' as a response to our dissatisfaction? Viveka takes a wide-ranging look at one of the most important aspects of Buddhist practice, whose significance is upheld in every tradition. From the talk entitled Going for Refuge given at San Francisco Buddhist Center, 2006. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast: On Apple Podcasts | On Spotify | On Google Podcasts Bite-sized inspiration three times every week. Subscribe to our Free Buddhist Audio podcast: On Apple Podcasts | On Spotify | On Google Podcasts A full, curated, quality Dharma talk, every week. 3,000,000 downloads and counting! Subscribe using these RSS feeds or search for Free Buddhist Audio or Dharmabytes in your favourite podcast service! Help us keep FBA Podcasts free for everyone: donate now! Follow Free Buddhist Audio: YouTube | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud
Wir Menschen werden immer wunderlicher, haben immer mehr Marotten, leiden unter Depressionen, Wahnvorstellungen, Ängsten. Seelische Leiden aller Art füllen die Wartezimmer der spezialisierten Ärzte, der Gott in Weiß (Halbgott mindestens), der wird es schon richten. Wir handeln eben nicht immer zu unserem Vorteil, wir gehen die Dinge zu rational an, überlegen hin und her, verlieren uns dann in Gedanken, die zu keinem Punkt kommen, und auch nicht wirklich kommen können. Anstatt auf unseren Körper zu hören kreisen im Kopf immer die selben Überlegungen, in der Folge sind wir dann unzufrieden, nicht "happy". Das kann für Ihre ganze Lebenszeit so weitergehen (nein, es wird im Alter nicht besser), oder Sie übernehmen die Verantwortung für Ihr eigenes Ich, Sie kümmern sich endlich um Ihr Selbst, ganz einfach indem Sie anfangen sich "selbst" zu heilen, eine Eigentherapie beginnen. Denn egal wie gut Ihr Arzt ist, völlig unerheblich ob Sie Kassen- oder Privatpatient sind, ein Arzt kann sich gar nicht die nötige Zeit für Sie nehmen, nur Sie selbst können das. Wollen Sie einen Prozess anstossen, der Ihnen hilft Ihre Probleme zu lösen, oder lassen Sie die Dinge weiter "schleifen"? Sind Sie bereit ohne fremde Hilfe (Arzt, Therapeut) an sich zu arbeiten, damit dann endlich Ihre Ziele erreichen, ein angenehmeres Leben führen können? Haben Sie schon einmal von "Selbstheilungskräften" gehört? Jeder Mensch kann sich selber heilen, den Körper und auch den Geist. Wenn Sie sich in den Finger schneiden, dann heilt der Schnitt in kurzer Zeit, ist nicht mehr zu sehen. So auch Ihre Psyche, wenn hier Probleme auftreten, dann kann man sich selber heilen, wenn man denn will. Der Geist (anders wie der Körper) verlangt einen aktiv unterstützten Heilungsprozess, der mit dem Willen zur Heilung beginnt. Denn durch den Willen finden wir dann die Kraft, unsere Existenz (und die Rolle die wir spielen) schonungslos ehrlich zu betrachten, was immer die Voraussetzung zur Heilung ist, auch sein muss. Jeder Mensch leidet unter seinen ganz persönlichen Schrecken, hat seine ganz besonderen Dämonen, ängstigt sich vor anderen Dingen, kein Mensch ist wie der andere. Deshalb gibt es auch keine Standardanwendung zur Genesung, die für alle Personen Anwendung findet, sondern läuft eben individuell ab. Generell ist zu sagen, dass sich "selbst" zu heilen meist ein langwieriger Prozess sein wird, der viel Zeit beanspruchen kann, viel Energie kosten könnte. Selbsttherapie ist immer mit Mühe und Arbeit verbunden, deckt sich dabei in vielen Belangen mit den Dingen, die Buddha seinen Schülern lehrte. In den nächsten Tagen lesen Sie hier weiter über die Selbsttherapie. Der Weg ist das Ziel! Der, der krank ist könnte nicht das erreichen, was einer erreichen kann, wenn er frei von Krankheit ist - Buddha - Ehrenname des Siddharta Gautama - 560 bis 480 vor dem Jahr Null Copyright: https://shaolin-rainer.de Bitte laden Sie sich auch meine App "Buddha-Blog" aus den Stores von Apple und Android.
This is Part 42 of my recital of the "Tipiṭaka," the "Three Baskets" of pre-sectarian Buddhism, as translated into English from the original Pali Language. In this episode, we'll continue reading "Nissaggiya," the fourth part of "Suttavibhaṅga," which is the first part of the "Vinaya Piṭaka," the first of the three "Piṭaka," or "Baskets." "Suttavibhaṅga" means "Rule Analysis," and "Nissaggiya" literally means "Forfeiture," referring to the rules of expiation involving forfeiture.
Day 4 6-12-22 MN 131 Bhaddekaratta Sutta A Single Excellent Night Delson talks a lot about Impersonality and non-self as he explains this sutta. The sutta explains how the Buddha emphasized the need for present effort in developing insight into things as they are. Dhammachariya Delson Armstrong leads his 3rd retreat of the year at Dhamma Sukha on June 9 to June 19, 2022. 10 Days. The practice is TWIM or Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation with the object of Lovingkindness or Metta. Practicing in this way is based on the earliest Buddhist Suttas and leads to the ultimate supra-mundane state Nibbana. Where: Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center https://www.dhammasukha.org A complete guide to the meditation the way the Buddha taught: https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/
Letting In the Light Kalyanamati explores six ways in which we can work with our energies in order to transform our emotional depths in line with our deepest vision. This talk was given at the East Anglian Men's Event at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2018. *** Subscribe to our Free Buddhist Audio podcast: On Apple Podcasts | On Spotify | On Google Podcasts A full, curated, quality Dharma talk, every week. 3,000,000 downloads and counting!Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast: On Apple Podcasts | On Spotify | On Google Podcasts Bite-sized inspiration three times every week. Subscribe using these RSS feeds or search for Free Buddhist Audio or Dharmabytes in your favorite podcast service! Help us keep FBA Podcasts free for everyone: donate now! Follow Free Buddhist Audio: YouTube | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud
Dukkha, often translated as "suffering," is at the heart of the four noble truths of Buddhism. But dukkha is about much more than suffering: it also means stress, unhappiness, and dissatisfaction. Its opposite is sukha, which means pleasure, happiness, and comfort. "Dukkha is sucky, but sukha is ducky." Treeleaf (https://www.treeleaf.org/) Jundo Cohen, The Zen Master's Dance (https://amzn.to/3H2vNKp) Theme music by Kiku Day (http://www.kikuday.com). To submit a question, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you like the podcast, please follow in Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Day 2 includes Instructions for handling Distractions using sutta DN 2 Dhammachariya Delson Armstrong leads his 3rd retreat of the year at Dhamma Sukha on June 9 to June 19, 2022. 10 Days. The practice is TWIM or Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation with the object of Lovingkindness or Metta. Practicing in this way is based on the earliest Buddhist Suttas and leads to the ultimate supra-mundane state Nibbana. Where: Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center https://www.dhammasukha.org A complete guide to the meditation the way the Buddha taught: https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/
Audio surf report and surf forecast on August 05 for Central Florida and the Southeast. Your host, Buddha, will also enlighten you on current events in the surfing industry and talk about events and entertainment happenings in the local and regional area. Buddha's also sure to dig up some new music that will get your feet groovin'. Stay tuned for more ... Surrrrrrrf Guru.
Story 32 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie. An abscessed tooth forced me out of my hut and into Bombay, as it was known then, to see a dentist. I had his name on a piece of paper and was assured he was ektampukkha, “a cheap but best” dentist. No one was in the waiting room, and he said he could take me right away, two facts that should have warned me to be careful. Once I was in the chair, he quickly concluded my tooth was... narrated by Ian McCrorie 2022 3 minutes 25 seconds Listen to Streaming Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. Download Audio (2.1MB) Audio copyright, 2022 Pariyatti 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' as a book and eBook can be found at https://store.pariyatti.org/a-lifetime-doing-nothing. More by Ian McCrorie. View more books and audio resources available in the Pariyatti bookstore.
Welcome to episode 35 of The Way Out Is In: The Zen Art of Living, a podcast series mirroring Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's deep teachings of Buddhist philosophy: a simple yet profound methodology for dealing with our suffering, and for creating more happiness and joy in our lives.This time, the presenters, Zen Buddhist monk Brother Phap Huu and journalist Jo Confino, discuss the art of happiness according to the sutras from the Buddha's time. Their conversation explores the many layers of the Discourse on Happiness, each of the 11 causes of ‘the greatest happiness', as shared by the Buddha, and how these ancient texts help us create the conditions in which our own happiness can ripen today. Both Brother Phap Huu and Jo dig deeply into their own private and professional lives to exemplify and support these subjects; from ‘living our values' and the Four Gratitudes to the power of the sangha, meaning and purpose, generosity, forgiveness, Thay's memorable calligraphies, and many other topics. The episode ends with a short meditation guided by Brother Phap Huu. Co-produced by the Plum Village App:https://plumvillage.app/ And Global Optimism:https://globaloptimism.com/ With support from the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation:https://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/ List of resources Sutras: ‘Discourse on Happiness'https://plumvillage.org/library/sutras/discourse-on-happiness/ Tathāgatahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tath%C4%81gata Devahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deva_(Buddhism) Buddhahoodhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BuddhahoodSutras: ‘Discourse on the 5 Ways of Putting an End to Anger'https://plumvillage.org/library/sutras/discourse-on-the-five-ways-of-putting-an-end-to-anger/ ‘The Order of Interbeing'https://plumvillage.org/community/order-of-interbeing/ ‘The Five Mindfulness Trainings'https://plumvillage.org/mindfulness/the-5-mindfulness-trainings/ ‘Dharma Sharing'https://plumvillage.org/mindfulness/extended-practises/ TWOII: ‘Engaged Buddhism: Applying the Teachings in Our Present Moment (Episode #9)'https://plumvillage.org/podcast/engaged-buddhism-applying-the-teachings-in-our-present-moment/ The Four Noble Truthshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy-RI3FrdGA Tếthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%E1%BA%BFt Quotes “There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.” “Thay said that happiness is not outside of you, happiness is in you and around you already. It’s whether we have the mindfulness to recognize the wonderful conditions that are there. And so, if we change our perceptions, we start to see that happiness is the way. Just being is the way. And so we can free ourselves from the habit of running after happiness.” “Not to be associated with the foolish ones, but to live in the company of wise people, honoring those who are worth honoring – this is the greatest happiness.” “[Thay suggested sometimes calling] a good friend, a soulmate, someone who understands you, someone who helps you see your shortcomings, and has the courage and the intention to share with you your own ignorance, so that you can grow from it. That is happiness.” “To live in a good environment, to have planted good seeds, and to realize you are on the right path – this is the greatest happiness.” “The environment is not outside of you; you are the environment.” “Every thought is planting a seed. Every idea I conjure up in my mind is planting a seed. Everything I say is planting a seed. Everything I do is planting a seed. And I think people tend not to see the full nature of what it is to plant seeds; that, actually, there’s nothing neutral [about it].” “To have a chance to learn and grow, to be skillful in your professional craft, practicing the precepts and loving speech – this is the greatest happiness.” “To live honestly, generous and giving, to offer support to relatives and friends living a life of blameless conduct – this is the greatest happiness.” “Most of the time, we make ourselves very busy and we think we love and we define love as always giving each other presents. But love is to give each other presence, our true presence, our heart, our ears, our eyes: ‘I see you for who you are. I’m here to listen to you.'” “Being honest means never having to remember what you said.” “To avoid unwholesome actions, not to be caught by alcoholism or drugs, and to be diligent in doing good things. This is the greatest happiness.” “To be humble and polite in manner, to be grateful and content with a simple life, not missing the occasion to learn the dharma – this is the greatest happiness.” “Be grateful and content with a simple life. That always brings me to one of Thay’s calligraphies: ‘You have enough.' That line tells us to continue to learn to have moderation. We are a species with a lot of greed; we take more than we need. We see things as just things, so we keep taking and taking and taking. But what we have learned in our times is that everything is interrelated; that’s why we are in the state that we are in. And that’s why we need this collective awakening. Simple life should be the new culture.” “To be humble is to be free, because as soon as we believe we’re something more than ourselves, it’s a shaky superstructure. To keep it going, we have to keep feeding it, and building it, and protecting it. And, again, it feeds into that egoic mask. Actually, we just lose ourselves. And the more we lose ourselves, the harder it is to come back to ourselves, because the distance becomes so great.” “Practicing Buddhism is not to escape this world, but to be more alive in it.”
This is a good quality stereo recording of the Chanting we do at the end of our Sunday afternoon session. Called "Verses of Sharing and Aspiration", you can find it in the Amaravati Chaning Book on page 33 ("Through the Goodness that arises from my practice..."). It's the Amaravati English translation of the traditional Pali chant known as "Uddissanādhiṭṭhāna-Gāthā" ("Iminā Puññakammena..."), used to share whatever good karma one has generated in the preceding meditation/puja/Dhamma reflections. We're actually playing the Amaravati version in the background on loudspeaker, to make the sound a bit fuller. We have also included the traditional Pali verses recited when bowing to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha at the very end of the session. In the background, you can hear our cockatoos
Deva Dhammas —Rarified States of Consciousness 6.16.21 Alan Clements “Extinction X-rated” —Series # 54 In so far as the doctrine of nibbāna is concerned, the Buddha has taught us that nibbāna is a state which is the natural and inevitable result of the extinction of cravings. Among the forms of craving that must be rooted out, is the longing for continued separate existence in this life and hereafter. http://www.AlanClements.com / Books On Amazon Worldwide https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953508227 Free shipping worldwide Book Depository. https://www.bookdepository.com/Extinction-X-rated-Alan-E-Clements/9781953508201?fbclid=IwAR0Q4sb25TqjMP1NQGOhrhBkIEI9-QeerPWpYYF4HyPIPsa0zZR6LmfFQus
Welcome to this episode of the Motherkind podcast. This week we are re-releasing this episode with the incredible Dr. Rick Hanson. Throughout August I have a break from recording new episodes to reset, take a breath and reconnect with the family. During this period, we re-release the most downloaded episodes from the past 6 months. This episode with Dr. Rick Hanson came out in January 2022 and it instantly spoke to so many of you. I received 100s of emails and DMs about it from our listeners. So much resonates with me in this episode, particularly about the need to take the pressure off ourselves and how to do that. Dr. Rick is one of the world's leading psychologists and he says it's imperative we recognise the pressures we are under as mothers so we can support ourselves and ask for the support we need from others. Back in 2002, he wrote the seminal book Mother Nurture because he saw his own wife, a happy healthy woman, becoming clinically depleted after having children. And with his decades of experience as a psychologist, he felt called to support mothers. This episode is incredible. Every word Dr. Rick says is like gold. You are going to finish this episode feeling so much more self-compassion and ease and hopefully be kinder to yourself. In this episode you'll learn about: Practical ideas of how to reduce stress from Motherhood An analogy that made me cry His life-changing words about the impact of the pandemic As always, we continue the conversation over on Instagram, so come and join us there. Resources mentioned in this episode: Free weekly newsletter Book Mother Nurture Website GROUP COACHING PROGRAMME STARTS 14 September 2022 - Will you join us for Reconnect to you - the reboot? Click here to find out more and to register. FREEBIES! Find out how you can take control of your life, reconnect to you and more! Download ‘10 Ways to Reconnect to You' and our weekly and monthly check-in on Motherkind.co. Are you ready to find freedom from guilt? Let me help you find Freedom from Perfectionism if you are a mother who has ever felt not quite enough. About Dr. Rick Hanson Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 30 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free weekly newsletter has 220,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial needs. He's lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom.
Subhadramati gives an introduction to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha as refuges and explores the practical implications of holding these values in one's life. From the talk The Endless Round and the Point of Freedom given as part of a series on Going For Refuge given at London Buddhist Centre, 2014. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast: On Apple Podcasts | On Spotify | On Google Podcasts Bite-sized inspiration three times every week. Subscribe to our Free Buddhist Audio podcast: On Apple Podcasts | On Spotify | On Google Podcasts A full, curated, quality Dharma talk, every week. 3,000,000 downloads and counting! Subscribe using these RSS feeds or search for Free Buddhist Audio or Dharmabytes in your favourite podcast service! Help us keep FBA Podcasts free for everyone: donate now! Follow Free Buddhist Audio: YouTube | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud
PT 3 & FINAL—UFOS, Dieties, 5 MEO-DMT, Devas, Psychic Powers, Multi-Dimensionality, Dhamma and Consciousness 6.9.21 Alan Clements “Extinction X-rated” —Series # 52 In so far as the doctrine of nibbāna is concerned, the Buddha has taught us that nibbāna is a state which is the natural and inevitable result of the extinction of cravings. Among the forms of craving that must be rooted out, is the longing for continued separate existence in this life and hereafter. http://www.AlanClements.com / Books On Amazon Worldwide https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953508227 Free shipping worldwide Book Depository. https://www.bookdepository.com/Extinction-X-rated-Alan-E-Clements/9781953508201?fbclid=IwAR31qcY-fv9AlfM0qWsy8LXW4fQb1wgsq_j8ZFnvkAHVixxjQjpMms4d2U8
PT 2–UFOS, Dieties, 5 MEO-DMT, Devas, Psychic Powers, Multi-Dimensionality, Dhamma and Consciousness 6.8.21 Alan Clements “Extinction X-rated” —Series # 51 In so far as the doctrine of nibbāna is concerned, the Buddha has taught us that nibbāna is a state which is the natural and inevitable result of the extinction of cravings. Among the forms of craving that must be rooted out, is the longing for continued separate existence in this life and hereafter. http://www.AlanClements.com / Books On Amazon Worldwide https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953508227 Free shipping worldwide Book Depository. https://www.bookdepository.com/Extinction-X-rated-Alan-E-Clements/9781953508201?fbclid=IwAR0eF8TeYKHGe-eZV1v5-w7w8I8XhUuCmxmUTN2jybgjbCb85TOqLmzzriA
Ep. 37 (Part 1 of 3) | Lucid dreaming expert, author, “curiouist,” and integralist Andrew Holecek explains how lucid dreaming opens the door to a greatly expanded understanding of our minds, our perception of reality, and human potential altogether. If we consciously explore our night lives practicing dream yoga, we can learn how to discard our habits, purify our karma, and discover beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are co-creators of our experience. What we do in dream yoga is not limited to nighttime action; it weaves back into our daytime lives, and ultimately our experience of dying. Andrew describes how dreams are a powerful way to discover emptiness and openness, and fall into reality—like falling into love—our primordial contraction cast away. Besides being a life-changing discourse on the incredible potential of dream yoga, Andrew Holecek's cheerful, well-informed, easy way of talking and teaching about lucid dreaming—relating it also to the wisdom traditions, our sense of identity, and human evolution—makes this a real pleasure to listen to. Recorded on April 13, 2022. “Lucid dreaming is metacognitive dreaming: the next iteration of human evolution.” (For Apple Podcast users, https://deeptransformation.io/andrew-holecek-1-dream-yoga-how-lucid-dreaming-leads-to-lucid-living/ (click here to view the complete show notes on the episode page.)) Topics & Time Stamps - Part 1Introducing Andrew Holecek, master of Dream Yoga (01:44) Andrew's profound experience with lucid dreaming as a young man, with dreamtime becoming more real and daytime experience less real (04:08) Retrofitting his understanding over time to make sense of his experience landed Andrew in Buddhism (06:25) Buddha is literally the Awakened One in Sanskrit—awakened in relationship to what? (08:23) Nocturnal practices became a real practice, a unique form of night school and a pedagogy of the future (09:24) Overview of the 5 nocturnal meditations (10:55) Liminal dreaming: getting into the witnessing perspective and watching how the mind goes offline, the ego structure comes undone (11:25) Lucid dreaming: awakening to the fact that you are dreaming—used largely for self-fulfillment (12:44) Dream yoga is where it transitions to self-transcendence (13:42) Sleep yoga, or luminosity yoga, a primary practice of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism (14:30) Bardo yoga, the “dream at the end of time,” working with the mind to prepare for death (16:03) Where do you go when you die? You transition from one dream to the next: lucid dreaming leads to lucid living and lucid dying (17:52) If you don't wake up and take control of your dream and finally your mind, your unconscious, your habits, will control your mind (19:17) Awake-centricity: in the West our understanding of mind and reality is derived solely from our experience in the waking state, versus the East's more integral understanding derived from all 3 states, waking, dreaming, deep sleep (22:30) The “awakened mind” is a mind that is lucid under all conditions (26:25) The West has a single stage worldview—but multi stage cultures have a vastly larger understanding of ourselves and our reality; 90% of the world's cultures are polyphasic (28:06) Mullah Nasruddin, the Sufi story of the lost key (30:12) Ignoring our circadian rhythms, we miss the opportunity the night offers to further our brain's evolution (31:14) Dreams manifest along a spectrum, from meaningless neurological noise to ones that shed light on our lives, transcending our sense of self (34:09) Dream incubation practices: supplicating for guidance, for help (38:14) Resources & References - Part 1Andrew Holecek, https://amzn.to/3vgvFlt (Dreams of Light: The Profound Daytime Practice of Lucid Dreaming)* Andrew Holecek, https://amzn.to/369tEPq (Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep)* Andrew Holecek, https://amzn.to/3ro79Ob (The Power and the Pain: Transforming...
UFOS, Dieties, 5 MEO-DMT, Devas, Psychic Powers, Multi-Dimensionality, Dhamma and Consciousness 6.7.21 Alan Clements “Extinction X-rated” —Series # 50 In so far as the doctrine of nibbāna is concerned, the Buddha has taught us that nibbāna is a state which is the natural and inevitable result of the extinction of cravings. Among the forms of craving that must be rooted out, is the longing for continued separate existence in this life and hereafter. http://www.AlanClements.com / Books On Amazon Worldwide https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953508227 Free shipping worldwide Book Depository. https://www.bookdepository.com/Extinction-X-rated-Alan-E-Clements/9781953508201?fbclid=IwAR1Dq0HL7_wlfrzxWH7HEz4pzfguk3r2TRV8Mx4W-1f99mKyMwX5Bx9SkoI
Day 1 includes Instructions for Metta Meditation for the meditators on a retreat from June 9-19th Dhammachariya Delson Armstrong leads his 3rd retreat of the year at Dhamma Sukha on June 9 to June 19, 2022. 10 Days. The practice is TWIM or Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation with the object of Lovingkindness or Metta. Practicing in this way is based on the earliest Buddhist Suttas and leads to the ultimate supra-mundane state Nibbana. Where: Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center https://www.dhammasukha.org A complete guide to the meditation the way the Buddha taught: https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/
A few years ago I was having a difficult time in my mind. My life on paper was great, but I was constantly being bombarded with thoughts of inadequacy, meaninglessness, and unimportance. I had heard the founder of Headspace, a meditation app, in a radio interview some months earlier and had downloaded the app upon his promise of making life a little bit better if I dedicated at least five minutes a day to mindful meditation. I wasn't able to find even 5 minutes to try this app out that had sat unopened on my phone for two or three months, until one day when I was finally fed up with my minds constant chatter. I put in some headphones, opened the app and started the 5 minute animated introduction. This is how I stumbled upon a daily mindful meditation practice. Free month of Waking Up: https://dynamic.wakingup.com/shareOpenAccess/d5251aApple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/another-finger/id1526096210Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5cMYCxrGf3brRjQvj6SBvJ?si=Cle2fGlwQkqXr5GpXsN6XgYouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCQfLN0PW4J8KkFr86y8lifA
Yes, universal!Existence unlimitedto our perception* * *In the last session we concluded the introduction to this summary of the intersection of Design Thinking and Zen by linking Buddha's Four Noble Truths to my Four Spheres of Influence and Endeavor as encountered in daily life. The semantic model shown illustrates correlations between the Four Spheres — Universal, Natural, Social, and Personal — and the Existence, Origin, Cessation, and Eightfold Path to cessation, of suffering. We will explore the connections of each in order, in the next four segments. These include: Universal Existence, Natural Origin, Social Path, and Personal Cessation, all linked to dukkha, the Buddhist term usually translated as “suffering.” As we will see, it has a broader meaning.Sometimes overlooked in considering the Four Noble Truths are Buddha's admonitions, charges, or challenges accompanying each. We are to strive to “fully understand” the existence of suffering; to abandon its origin, usually interpreted as craving; to realize its cessation, hopefully in this lifetime; and to fully follow the Noble Eightfold Path to the realization of suffering. That's a tall order.But if we take the Design thinking approach, we can regard the prospect of fully understanding the existence of suffering as just another example of fully defining the problem, albeit the most intractable and elusive of all problems, that of existence itself. The proposition that existence is a problem, or should be regarded as such, is itself subject to challenge. But most religions and philosophies characterize our existence as a human being as a kind of test, from Job's Old Testament lament, to the triumph of reasoning of the Enlightenment, and theism's personal epiphany of being reborn, as well as Zen Buddhism's potential of spiritual awakening — kensho or satori in Japanese. Of course, the usual caveat applies, that the approach to solving this problem in Zen begins and ends with experience on the cushion, or informed by that process of personal introspection. As we often emphasize in interfaith dialog with other clergy and students online, world peace can only come about through the establishment of personal peace. Zen's pop-up exam takes place in zazen, pass or fail.Another way to phrase the first Noble Truth is that Existence is of the nature of suffering. That is, dukkha may be regarded simply as inexorable change. Galaxies colliding in space is an example of Universal Existence of change. It is not personal, but a universal principle. Human beings are necessarily caught up in it, through birth, aging, sickness and death, and tend to take it very personally. This is why it is called “suffering.” But this suffering is too laden with emotional and sentimental connotations to fit the definition of a universal principle. Suffering in the Buddhist sense has a connotation of allowing, as in “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” paraphrasing a comment attributed to Christ. He is also quoted as saying that unless we become like little children, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.So in the face of universal change, we are reduced to the state of children. Innocent, perhaps, but still responsible for adapting to reality. We find examples of human suffering in all spheres of our existence, including personal issues of aging, sickness and death, which is also characteristic of the natural sphere, where our relationship to Nature is ever-more challenging, owing partially to our success as a species in dominating the planet and diminishing the resources of life support. But most of us are inclined to identify the sources of our suffering as social in nature.These are all conjoined, as the pressures of living in modern society are certainly linked to the pressures of population. From stress on the commute to family unity at home, and comity at the office, much of our dissatisfaction with life in the fast lane stems from the fact that there are so many others queuing up in that same lane. And, of course, they are not usually as polite or considerate as you or I tend to be. In the modern idiom, they do not, or will not, stay in their lane, and out of ours.Please excuse me if you have heard this before, but I think an experiment I read about is germane. The scientists involved simply took the classic rats-in-the-maze to a new level, adding more and more rats. At a certain point of overpopulation or crowding, the rats began attacking each other. In human terms, each began to blame the others for the situation. If memory serves, it revealed a kind of proportionality between the space available and the degree of occupancy, which may reflect a natural limit to the population of any species. There is a relevant question in Taoism, from the “Tao te Ching” of Lao Tzu if memory serves, which asks the question, something like, Which is more destructive — success or failure? The very success of a species may be akin to the growth of a virus, which finally exceeds the capacity of its host to sustain, leading to the death of the host but also of the parasite.Another Taoist saying reminds us that, When the blaming begins, there is no end to the blame, or some such admonition. What we see in politics these days is largely the blame game writ large, usually on a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't basis. Increasingly, decisions regarding spending decreasing resources are taken in this no-win kind of context. Even speaking out on a given issue, no matter what position one takes, is likely to bring down hostilities upon one's head, from the cold waters of the social media. The very anonymity provided by the network fosters the tendency of many disgruntled fellow travelers to fire broadsides at every comment, no matter how reasonable or anodyne. The privacy of the original communication is often compromised, exposing the messenger to the mob, including searchable data such as the identities of their family members, along with contact and location information. Thus, the natural moan of stress and threat of living is amplified to a scream through the feedback process, like a mic and speaker facing each other. Humans are the worst enemy of humans.When we turn from our social world — as restricted to human beings — to the natural sphere, we find other social animals, such as elephants and whales, who have their own networks, and presumably some level of stress emanating from them. Much more certainly they suffer from the dire circumstances in which they live as prey to other species, primarily the encroachment of humans on their turf, and as victims of the harvesting of ivory and other private parts for such human dalliances as trivial trinkets, and supposed aphrodisiacs. Our stewardship of the creatures of the Earth has demonstrated a downward curve for most of our history, but now that we are outnumbering as well as outmaneuvering our distant cousins, many are staring into the abyss of extinction. Which is where the Natural sphere is trumped by the Universal. From the perspective of the victim of extinction, it matters little whether the end comes as the result of a meteor or comet, or the slow erosion of viable food stocks and potable water. So-called “pets” and live exhibits such as zoos are the few remaining concessions to inclusion of lowly beasts in our social circle, now that the age of horsepower has long since passed.When we look at the intersection of the Universal and the Natural, disregarding for the nonce the Social and Personal realms, we see that it is also not a respecter of persons, or dharma beings. The most awe-inspiring example may be the black hole, at least based on our current understanding of cosmic dynamics of change, dukkha on the largest scales we can envision. Whole galaxies, solar systems, stars, planets, moons and asteroids and all, provide the daily fare keeping the monster fed. We charmingly describe such processes with familiar tropes, such as that a black hole is “eating” its way through the universe, gobbling celestial bodies as we consume lesser animals and plants of the globe. A recent special on the blue whale identified them as the largest mammals to ever live on the planet — in the ocean, more exactly — as large as a Boeing 737. Yet they live on krill, one of the smallest animals on the planet. But the volume of their dining may be the closest living analogy to a black hole in the animal kingdom. Tens of thousands of tons of water in one gulp! Yet even this behemoth may be threatened with extinction, owing to the activities of the noisome human parasite.In the face of such vast scales of existence, and with the looming threat of universal and natural chickens coming home to roost, through imminent climate change, the very idea that what we call suffering is indeed universal may be disturbing, even overwhelming. And as Master Dogen reminds us in Jijuyu Zammai —Self-fulfilling Samadhi, even if we manage to divest ourselves of our ignorance, and the “whole phenomenal world becomes the Buddha's seal, and the entire sky turns into enlightenment,” even then “all this does not appear within perception, because it is unconstructedness in stillness, it is immediate realization.” So the frustration with the ungraspable nature of this truth is baked in. But we mustn't forget the micro, along with the macrocosmos. The microcosmos is also the manifestation of the universal existence of suffering, just on the other end of the scale spectrum. It recalls a line from one of our beloved Ch'an poems, Hokyo Zammai [Precious Mirror Samadhi], by Master Tozan, founder of Soto Zen in China:So minute it enters where there is no gap — so vast it transcends dimensionA hairsbreadth deviation and you are out of tuneI hear an unspoken “but” or “however” before this last bombshell — any deviation, however slight, and we are “out of tune.” Like tuning an old-fashioned analog radio dial, a little to the left or to the right, we get nothing but static. Only when we hit the frequency dead on in the middle, do we receive the transmission with clarity. If we persist in our meditation, we can hopefully penetrate beyond the Personal, Social and Natural barriers, all the way to the Universal, which is not only outside us at the furthest remove, but also inside us, at the most intimate. As Master Hakuin reminds, actually there is no “inner,” nor is there any “outer.” It is all clear, clean through. Spacetime is neither space, nor time.In the next segment we will take a look at Natural Origin, the origin of our suffering through the craving of our body, our mouth, and our mind. Stay tuned.* * *Elliston Roshi is guiding teacher of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center and abbot of the Silent Thunder Order. He is also a gallery-represented fine artist expressing his Zen through visual poetry, or “music to the eyes.”UnMind is a production of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center in Atlanta, Georgia and the Silent Thunder Order. You can support these teachings by PayPal to donate@STorder.org. Gassho.Producer: Kyōsaku Jon Mitchell
“Anger is the response, when attachment doesn't get what it wants,” says our guest the Venerable Robina Courtin. This week, Robina helps the guys understand what the Buddha can teach us about mental health and our views of the world around us. The Buddha was an expert of the mind. The mind being the cognitive process of learning about our thoughts, emotions, and feelings. Via self awareness and mindfulness we can start to unpack ourselves and that's when the real work begins. We can mold our minds into any form we choose. We spend our lives often changing the outside in order to make us feel good on the inside. Learning to reinterpret all that happens allows us to reconfigure the way we see the world. We must learn to observe all the thoughts and take back our power in order to be in charge of our lives. The Buddha helps us see, this is possible. You may not be able to change the outside, but you can change the inside. The first step is for you to believe it's possible. Your body and your speech are the servants of your mind, not the other way around. You can't change anyone but yourself. No more mindless headlock. The Venerable Robina Courtin has been an ordained nun of the Mahayana Tradition since 1978. You can find Robina Courtin be at the links below: https://robinacourtin.com https://www.facebook.com/robinacourtin https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZZvRQmnXU5SrxRFyHBM9UQ https://twitter.com/RobinaCourtin Thanks for listening to Above Ground Podcast Until next week, get well, be safe, stay Above
Audio surf report and surf forecast on August 03 for Central Florida and the Southeast. Your host, Buddha, will also enlighten you on current events in the surfing industry and talk about events and entertainment happenings in the local and regional area. Buddha's also sure to dig up some new music that will get your feet groovin'. Stay tuned for more ... Surrrrrrrf Guru.
Ajahn Moneyyo discusses the very first Sutta in Suttanipāta: "The Snake" / "Uragasutta". Snakes regularly have to shed their old skin, as it becomes too restrictive for their growing body. In the wilderness, one can sometimes find this old, worn out skin, left behind by the snake. The Buddha uses this process as a simile for a monk who abandons anger, desire and delusion, leaving all mental defilements behind, just like the snake leaves behind it's old skin. Naturally, abandoning defilements is no easy task, just as he snake has to struggle quite a bit to wriggle out of the old skin. But it is possible, it can be done. https://www.dhammagiri.net https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJINt0JJBfFm_x0FZcU9QJw https://tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive https://open.spotify.com/show/0SHWfWEGkO8OAtSWNJlqyD https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dhammagiri-buddhist-podcasts/id1534539834
Excerpt: At the heart of the teaching of impermanence is conditioned existence but what is conditioned existence? Conditioned existence is the reality that all phenomena, all things that exist arise in dependence upon other phenomena: "if this exists, that exists; if this ceases to exist, that also ceases to exist" This is the heart of impermanence of all - because all things all phenomena arise out of conditions and when the condition causes it to arise, cease then, that which arose, vanishes or transforms into something different. That is way the Buddha says, “All conditioned things have the nature of vanishing,” Let that sink in Everything by its nature vanishes. In Japanese the heartbreak, the melancholy of the impermanence of all things is summed up in the phrase Mono no Aware. Mono-no-aware can't truly be translated. Any one who speaks another language understands this but it can be literally translated to “the ahhness of things” The isness of things or “the bittersweet poignancy of things.” I remember some years ago reading the introduction to one of my favorite poets Eugenio de Andrade. The poet writes from his love of the world and the grief and praise that come from its transience. Something that I am learning as of late is that Grief and Praise are intertwined, as Martin Prechtel teaches us in his book, The Smell of Rain on Dust. So too are impermanence and gratitude. Now the concept of mono-no-aware is born from the teachings of shinto and Buddhism, and was first used to explain Japanese aesthetics to explain uch traditions as cherry-blossom viewing and haiku. But this insight is much more than simply aesthetics. Mono No Aware is at the heart of a meaningful everyday Buddhism.
Would it surprise or shock you to know that one-third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression? In Today's episode of Tuesdays with Coach Mo Podcast, I interviewed Tarin Calmeyer, CEO and Founder of Remote Team Wellness who shared how you can find your balance point and how to overcome obstacles that get in your way for optimal wellbeing. Coach Mo Knows (a tip, a coaching question and a bit of inspiration) Tip: Connect with our guest on social @tarincalmeyer Coaching Question: What is your balance point? As Tarin mentioned in our conversation, what is the one thing that you really need in your life to be able to keep yourself well in all areas? Inspiration ‘What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.' ~ Buddha
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The practice of Lojong has the literal translation of “mind training.” The great Buddhist master Atisha taught mind training over 1,000 years ago in the form of slogans. These 59 slogans are designed to be practiced in the hustle and bustle of daily life to retrain our minds in the ways of peace, compassion, wisdom, and bodhicitta (the wish to attain enlightenment for the sake of all living beings.) In this episode, JoAnn Fox focuses on the 13th slogan, “Be grateful to everyone.” Be grateful to everyone. Who does everyone include? Grateful to those who lift us up Grateful to All living brings Grateful to people we find difficult A grateful mind is a happy mind. With such a mind, we see the wonders in the world and many possibilities. Being grateful to those who are kind or help us is easier, but sometimes we forget. One way to develop gratitude to all living beings is just to consider what we had at our last meal. We didn't pick the vegetables. We didn't build the truck that delivered the vegetables. We didn't build the road the truck drove on or the roads that carry us home each day. We are connected to all living beings and benefit tremendously from them. With difficult people, we can be grateful for the things we learn from them. Only from those who challenge us can we learn great patience and resilience. They can also show us what we still need to heal. Our mind is like an open wound; others help us to understand that the wound hasn't healed yet. Gratitude for lessons learned can be a great healer of resentment. The sluggish and gluttonous simpleton Who sleeps and rolls about Like a fat, grain-fed hog Is reborn again and again. (325)* In the past, this mind went wandering Where it wished, as it liked, and as it pleased. Now I will retrain it wisely, As an elephant keeper does an elephant in rut. —Buddha, The Dhammapada References Buddha.The Dhammapada. Translated by Gil Fronsdale. (Kindie).Shambala, Boston and London, 2011. Buddha (1986).The Dhammapada: Verses and Stories. Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A. (Website). Edited by Editorial Committee, Burma Tipitaka Association Rangoon. Courtesy of Nibbana.com. For free distribution only, as a gift of dhamma. https://www.tipitaka.net/tipitaka/dhp/verseload.php?verse=325 Find us at the links below: https://www.facebook.com/Buddhismforeveryone Join our private group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sanghatalk/ https://www.instagram.com/buddhism.with.joann.fox