November 30, 2015

In this precept, we are making a formal pledge to practice the behavior of positive speech.

 

Positive speech is far more than motivational poster material.  In the novice monastic precepts, positive speech is presented in four different ways - verbal empowerment, kind s...

November 30, 2015

In most Buddhist traditions, the five precepts are written as some form of

1.”Avoid killing."

2.”Avoid stealing." (Including misappropriating someone's property)

3."Do not engage in improper sexual conduct." (e.g. sexual contact not sanctioned by secular laws, the Buddhis...

November 12, 2015

We will find that all of the precepts start with the same phrase “I undertake the training…”

So first, what does it mean to say “I undertake the training?”

 

Well, undertake could be defined as “To commit oneself to and begin (an enterprise or responsibility); take on.

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November 12, 2015

Mindfulness is all the rage these days, but just what is it?  I’ve talked before about mindfulness - or sata - as the remembrance of the present moment so I’m not going to go into a deep definition of it here.  I wanted to deal instead with a hindrance to mindfulness....

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