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Do We Dare To Create A Blank Page?

Do We Dare To Create A Blank Page?

As we begin this new year, we are coming out of the darkest time of the year and we are starting to notice the return of the light. Our journey towards wisdom follows a similar cycle of light and...

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Guided Metta: Forgiveness

Guided Metta: Forgiveness

You practice forgiveness for your own sake, to not be locked in anger, fear, and resentment. Resentment, whether cold fury or smoldering rage, hardens your emotions, narrows your options in...

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Dharma Talk: Navel Gazing

Dharma Talk: Navel Gazing

It's easy to confuse mindfulness and "navel gazing." Mindfulness is contemplation, inquiry, and self-reflection. When you become obsessive in your contemplation, it leads to navel gazing. Ask...

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Recommit To Your Practice

Recommit To Your Practice

Trust your capacity to practice and find liberation for your mind/heart. Commitment collects and unifies the mind. You are not imprisoned by your past; you are capable of empowerment, change, and...

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Letting Go

Letting Go

The practice of letting go is very effective for minds obsessed by compulsive thinking. You simplify your meditation practice down to two words: let go.—Ajahn SumedhoDharma Wisdom with Phillip...

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The Empowerment of Equanimity

The Empowerment of Equanimity

Equanimity is a key concept in vipassana practice. When the mind has equanimity and something pleasant arises, you experience the moment without trying to hold onto it and creating tension. If...

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Dharma Wisdom – Talk

Dharma Wisdom – Talk

In this audio talk, Phillip Moffitt explains the meaning of the term "dharma wisdom." Dharma means “truth” or “the way things are” and also refers to the teachings of the Buddha. Dharma wisdom has...

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Disappointment

Disappointment

How can we live with disappointment? Moffitt details how the dharma is helpful when we are experiencing the three fields of disappointment: when we anticipate disappointment, when it has arisen, and...

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Doubt

Doubt

Doubt is the fifth of the Five Hindrances, which the Buddha taught. Moffitt considers doubt to be the most devastating of the hindrances because when it arises and overwhelms the mind, the mind...

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The Hindrances As Allies

The Hindrances As Allies

The Hindrances are mental states that obstruct our ability to practice. In various distinct ways, they disrupt concentration and distort awareness so that when they occur we are unable to see things...

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Making Changes

Making Changes

At the start of a new year, an appropriate question is: how should we view the desire for change in the context of a mindfulness practice? Is this desire for change legitimate, or is this just...

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

What is forgiveness? Can one cease to feel resentment? When we are unable to forgive we create a self that suffers. Remembering that the Buddha taught that all human beings want to be happy, we can...

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Compassion

Compassion

Part 1 Karuna, or compassion, is a state of mind/heart that can be cultivated as a practice. Compassion is an intuitive response to someone else's suffering, or your own. In this talk, Phillip...

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Trust

Trust

Part 1 What is trust from the standpoint of the dharma? Trust takes myriad forms including: interpersonal trust (of self, institutions, teachers, the body, intuition, feelings), trust of the dharma,...

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Papanca Mind

Papanca Mind

In the Theravada tradition, papanca mind refers to proliferation of thought or reactions, or the expansion of thoughts, reactions, and diffuseness. While papanca is neutral (impersonal), its effect...

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