Category Archives: enlightenment

What is Bodhicitta?

Excerpt from Tricycle post “Bodhicitta Explained:A Bird’s-Eye View of the Bodhisattva Path” by Ken McLeod In Mahayana practice, compassion is both a practice and a result. Compassion is used to transform emotional reactivity into attention, and that attention in turn … Continue reading

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Fierce Compassion

If you are interested in learning about Cheri Maples views on the seven most important elements of spiritual transformation, you can find them in articles on this web site. We suggest reading them in the order they appear in the … Continue reading

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If we open our eyes, we will see.

Excerpt from “Fragrant Palm Leaves” by Thich Nhat Hanh Subject and object of consciousness cannot exist apart from each other.  Without an object, the subject cannot be aware of anything.  Mountains and rivers, earth and sun, all lie within the … Continue reading

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The Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore

On September 11th, 2014 Thay completed a profound and beautiful new English translation of the Heart Sutra, one of the most important sutras in Mahayana Buddhism. >>Download a print-friendly one-page pdf The Insight That Brings Us to the Other Shore … Continue reading

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The Five Awarenesses

Excerpt from “Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm” by Thich Nhat Hanh Students of the Buddha are aware that life is one and that happiness is not an individual matter. By living and practicing awareness, we bring peace … Continue reading

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Get Up, Stand up

Excerpt from “Buddha Mind, Buddha Body” by Thich Nhat Hanh About 150,000 years ago, humans began to stand up on their feet and their hands were liberated.  Once they liberated their hands, their brain began to grow very quickly.  Buddha … Continue reading

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Consciousness is like a House

Excerpt from “Touching Peace” by Thich Nhat Hanh According to Buddhist psychology, our consciousness is divided into two parts, like a house with two floors.  On the ground floor is the living room, and we call this “mind consciousness.” Below … Continue reading

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