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The Buddha’s Self Check-How Are You Doing?

The passage below from the Samyutta Nikaya is one of my favorites from the Buddha, because every time I enter deep concentration in meditation, the truth of what he says is demonstrated to me again and again. Every time you see that any form, feeling, perception, fabrication, even consciousness itself, is not yours—is not who […]

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A Buddhist Response to Albert Camus and the Absurdity of Life

“I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically getting killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living (what is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying). I therefore conclude that the meaning of life is […]

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The Buddha on Not Chasing the Past or Placing Expectations on the Future

The Blessed One said: One would not chase after the past,
 or place expectations on the future. What is past
 is left behind.
 The future 
is as yet un-reached. Whatever quality is present 
one clearly sees right there,
 right there. Unvanquished, unshaken, 
that’s how one develops the mind. Ardently doing one’s duty today,
 for — who knows? — […]

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