Category Archives: right view

“no idea”

Excerpt from “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching” by Thich Nhat Hanh To practice is to go beyond ideas, so you can arrive at the suchness of things. “No idea conception. As long as there is an idea, there is … Continue reading

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Don’t Always Trust Your Perceptions

Excerpt of “Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living” by Thich Nhat Hanh Breathing in, I see myself as still water. Breathing out, I reflect things as they are. Near the mountain, there is a lake with clear, still … Continue reading

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Nirvana Means Extinction

Buddhism speaks of Nirvana, which is the cessation of all suffering. Nirvana means the cessation, the extinction, of all suffering. But our suffering comes from our wrong perceptions, Avidya, misunderstanding. And that is why the practice of meditation, the practice … Continue reading

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Optical Delusion of Consciousness

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This … Continue reading

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First Fruit is Froglessness

The first fruition of the practice is the attainment of froglessness. When a frog is put on the center of a plate, she will jump out of the plate after just a few seconds.  If you put the frog back … Continue reading

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Living Practice

Dharma Talk Excerpt – European Institute of Applied Buddhism Waldbrol, Germany, May 20, 2011 Retreatant: I have a habit to be offensive against other people in my thoughts. I want to change that, but I don’t know how. For example, … Continue reading

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