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On Detachment:::

  The Cultivation of Detachment: There is only attachment; there is no such thing as detachment. The mind invents detachment as a reaction to the pain of attachment. When you react to attachment by becoming “detached” you are attached to something else. So that whole process is one of attachment. You are attached to your… Continue reading On Detachment:::

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The Fourth Noble Truth:::

  THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH The eight elements of the Noble Eightfold Path are traditionally arranged into tree groups. Morality (shila)  comprises right of speech, right bodily action and right livelihood or living. Concentration or meditation (Samadhi) comprises right effort, right mindfullness or awareness and right concentration. Wisdom (Prajna) comprises right view and right thought (… Continue reading The Fourth Noble Truth:::

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The Third Noble Truth:::

The third noble truth states that we can give up that craving or desire, but first it must be identified. Most people think their situation is normal and does not require any kind of investigation, thus they go through life suffering, unaware that anything can be done about it. Once people become aware – which… Continue reading The Third Noble Truth:::

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The First Noble Truth::

The First Noble Truth This is one of the “tree signs of being”- that suffering hardship and unsatisfactoriness is the lot of humankind. It does not deny happiness or pleasure and life’s simple joys, but argues that they too come to an end and are therefore transient and passing.The Buddha likened pleasure to “licking honey… Continue reading The First Noble Truth::

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“The Thousands”

Better than a thousand senseless verses  is one which brings the hearer peace. Better than a thousand useless verses is one word of the law which brings the hearer peace. Though one man conquer thousand times a thousand men in battle, he who conquers himself is the greatest warrior. THE DAMMAPADA-VERSES 101-103 THE TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA… Continue reading “The Thousands”