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Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Excerpt from Lion’s Roar post “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness” by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana “Come, friends,” the Buddha answered. “Dwell contemplating the body in the body, ardent, clearly comprehending, unified, with concentrated one-pointed mind, in order to know the body … 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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by Thich Nhat Hanh The Buddha taught that everything is impermanent- flowers, tables, mountains, political regimes, bodies, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness. We cannot find anything that is permanent. Flowers decompose, but knowing this does not prevent us from … Continue reading

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Impermanence is like a Cloud

“It’s like a cloud in the sky. When the cloud is no longer in the sky, it doesn’t mean the cloud has died. The cloud is continued in other forms like rain or snow or ice. So you can recognize … Continue reading

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Becoming Truly Alive

Excerpt from “You Are Here” by Thich Nhat Hanh What would you do if your doctor told you that you only had three month to live?  Would you waste this time bemoaning your fate?  Would you give yourself over to … Continue reading

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The Storm is only a Storm

You suffer not because things are impermanent.  You suffer because things are impermanent and you don’t know that they are impermanent.  This is very important.  Without impermanence, nothing can be possible.  Don’t complain about impermanence.  If things were not impermanent, … Continue reading

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