Everyday Spirit

Radical Renewal

Mindfulness meditation and related contemplative practices are pervading the culture, and that’s a wonderful thing! As more and more people in various communities learn to practice well; as they learn how to acknowledge and transform their suffering, their whole community will benefit. If equanimity comes to define the character of enough people, the entire culture

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The End of Suffering

I think Siddhartha (AKA The Buddha) was most ingenious in identifying the main sources of human suffering; namely, craving, aversion and delusion. Given the random nature of the cosmos, strong attachments to things, points of view, and predictable outcomes are all but guaranteed to cause bitter disappointment eventually. Similarly, strong aversion toward things we view

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Five Intentions – A New Take on The Five Precepts of the Buddhist

Respect for Living Beings I know that other beings suffer as I do. I intend to relieve their afflictions and to increase their happiness as best I can. I will refrain from harming or killing other living beings. I know that a great many animals are exploited and harmed by humans; preventing and relieving such

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