Tag Archives: release

Training the heart by seeing what is and letting go

Here is more on “Training the Heart” by Ajahn Chah.  It is a follow-up and further development of yesterday’s teaching: Train your heart!  Don’t just follow its moods! May this teaching help liberate your heart and awaken the mindfulness and presence that lead to liberation and freedom! Training the heart by seeing what is and […]

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Spiritual Practice and Learning to Surrender (w/music)

Here are some insights on surrender from various spiritual teachers, paths, and poets that I have found comforting and inspiring.  At the end, I share a moving instrumental piece by pianist Solomon Keal from his beautiful album Peace of Heaven. Some of us have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, before we let go, and […]

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Is This Skillful? One of the Most Important Question in Buddhist Practice

This talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu is offered as a helpful follow-up to my recent posts on how the Buddha answered (or didn’t answer!) “hard questions,” such as why is there evil and where did it come from? See: Buddhism’s Practical Answer to the Problem of Evil-Part 1 The Buddha’s Silence-and the Problem of Evil Buddhism’s […]

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The Ten Ox-herding Images of Zen

I thought I’d do something different and fun in this post, and take a look at probably the most beloved images in Zen Buddhism. Known as The Ten Ox-herding Pictures, they have been the source of endless commentary and inspiration in Zen since at least the 12th century. From the first time I saw them, […]

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Digging Deeper-All About Change

Digging Deeper-All About Change What did the Buddha really have to say about anicca—inconstancy and change? Does the fact of impermanence tell us (as some popular teachings claim) that we should just accept change and learn to embrace fully our good and bad experiences without clinging?  If “change makes all things possible”, do we then […]

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