We borrow this life…

“We receive our life, we borrow this life, and an infinite number of organisms support us in living. Once we notice this embeddedness we feel compelled to act and face the world from a place of gratitude and responsibility—to work and study deeply, to practice in every moment, to smile, to own our own anger …

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Two Kinds of Death

  There are two kinds of death: the death of the ego, and the death of the  mind-body complex. Both are inevitable but the first, if achieved before the second and in full awareness, is enlightenment. All selfish action is pregnant with death, because it serves only the ego, which must die anyway. Our selfish …

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Training in Success

For me sitting is almost like training in success. Almost? Always! I succeed every time I sit down. I succeed when I notice my attention has wandered from the breath. I succeed when I realize I have lost equanimity, I succeed when I notice my craving to achieve the first jhana, I succeed in seeing the path to enlightenment. Every …

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Training in Failure

  For me sitting is almost like training in failure. Almost? Always. I fail every time I sit down. I fail to keep my attention on the breath. I fail to maintain equanimity, I fail to achieve even the first jhana, I fail to become enlightened. Every time. And even now as I write this, …

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