If we did, it would be a cosmically big deal.
There is a line from the Yoga Sutras that I just cannot get out of my head.
Thus the true self abides in its own nature. (तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेऽवस्थानम्)
The true self refers to the witness (us) that is conscious of all the happenings of the mind, emotions, and body. After the witness is able to see clearly into its own nature, profound knowledge dawns. This can’t really even be expressed in words or conceptualizations.
This line merely hints at what happens when the goal of yoga is reached —…
It seems simple but these three words carry a lot of meaning.
There is a single line that keeps popping up throughout the Buddha’s most famous discourse on mindfulness.
I listened to the entire thing in its original Pali language in order to learn more deeply the spirit behind the words, and this one line was what most powerfully imprinted itself into my mind.
Atapi sampajjano satima, a refrain of the Satipatthana Sutta is probably the most succinct definition and description of mindfulness in the Buddha’s own words. …
There are incredibly few uses of the word eternal in the Sutras of Buddhism, but whenever it’s used, I always feel as if I’m thrown off my chair.
The word nirvana is specifically not defined properly so that we don’t use cognition to understand what can only be experienced.
Yet many descriptions say that the Buddhas exist in a sphere of what seems like infinity or eternity to our unenlightened minds, and the mere mention of such a thing is just so inconceivable that it might actually be scary.
I can already hear the haters lining up at the gates, thirsting for my blood for even daring to “bring race into it.”
Don’t you know Western countries are at the forefront of green technology? Meanwhile look at China! See, my skin color has nothing to do with this.
That would certainly be a valid argument, except that British colonial predation is what caused China’s civilization to be practically demolished starting with the century of humiliation they suffered at the hands of Western scheming.
It’s been said that the spiritual path is all about calibrating our perspective, over and over again, until our ego no longer prevents us from seeing reality for what it is.
This is very tough to do in a world that constantly seems to scream, “Make more money! Be more productive! Live life to the fullest!” on every billboard and online ad.
That’s why the words of the enlightened masters of the past can be so profoundly restructuring to us. …
Almost every tradition of Buddhism has these 3 tools as their basis.
There is a term used over and over again in the Buddhist literature known as the three marks of existence, or trilakshana in Sanskrit.
They are so significant for spiritual awakening that the entire eightfold noble path preached by the Buddha is dependent on us understanding them.
In my own journey, I found these to be incredible lenses with which to view my own attachments and shortcomings. …
We don’t notice, but we’re walking around with libraries worth of data in our minds. Not all of which is in our best interest to keep.
Every experience we’ve ever had has left its cache in our database of bodily memory. We may think that we’ve forgotten them, but our subconscious hasn’t.
The dangers of an unpurified and unnoticed subconscious are terrifying if you stop to consider how much power the subconscious has over you in situations of weakness and exhaustion.
I have seen myself lash out at bosses in periods of stress, and insult people who misunderstood me but…
Am I in a different dimension? Why does the sky seem so colorful? Why does life feel so meaningful all of a sudden?
We’ve all felt the dopamine rush involved in romantic love’s intoxicating neurochemical flowering. It’s as if something about reality just unlocks itself to us, and we live more fully because of it.
The fact that movies, pop songs, and novels are stuffed to the rafters with narratives of romantic pursuit and belonging don’t help our cases very much. …
What I am about to suggest may seem startlingly and impossibly simple.
Mental health is simply the measure of how well we respond to infectious dis-ease.
By this definition, anyone who watches the news and gets upset over a Trump re-election campaign, responds in kind to the harsh words of a stranger, or finds themselves down in the dumps over economic hardships has poor mental health.
It’s not quite what we have in mind when the thought of susceptibility to mental illness is mentioned, but this is precisely the problem with how we think about this aspect of human experience…
The century of humiliation. Ever heard of it?
It’s the basis for China’s current aggressive geopolitical maneuvers; a desperate sense of wanting to snatch power so that the country never again suffers under Western colonial oppression and invasion.
The century of humiliation started with a harmless plant that had actually been used medicinally for centuries. It was only after people started to smoke it, however, that someone got the bright idea to sell it.
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