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David Loy

Submitted by zotar on February 24, 2007 - 11:48pm

I thought the BPF sponsored talk by David Loy tonight was outstanding. His thesis was that we could best develop a view of Buddhist social theory by looking at social institutions and interactions as larger (and equally empty) versions of the individual ego usually discussed in Buddhists texts and teachings. Furthermore, that the dhukkha spoken of with regards to the individual in samsara can bring understanding of current social, political and economic ills of the world.

Four Antidotes to Laziness

Submitted by zotar on February 22, 2007 - 4:36pm

RE: Jim's question on Tuesday. I wanted to share this traditional teaching on the chief obstacle to beginning meditation practice, and to developing the habit of practice. This comes from teachings hundreds of years old, and it should be heartening in the first place that irregular practice habits is nothing new to meditators through the centuries.

The Science of Happiness

Submitted by humble on February 21, 2007 - 1:58am

The latest issue of Harvard Magazine has an article on the burgeoning field of the study of optimism and happiness. I grabbed a copy of the PDF to post here. Enjoy.

Time to Meditate

Submitted by JD on February 9, 2007 - 12:06am

In the dharma talk "Of Past & Future",  Thanissaro Bhikkhu says:  "I don't know how many times I've started a dharma talk by saying don't listen to the dharma talk.  Focus your attention on the breath.  The talk is here to be a fence to direct you back to the present moment, direct you back to the breath, in case you wander off." 

My Favourite "Nuggets of Wisdom"

Submitted by JD on January 29, 2007 - 10:41pm

I've been trying to think of something to blog about and today it came to me.  I love those "nuggets of wisdom" that seem to come up in books or dharma talks just when you need them.  You know, the wise words that we see or hear at just the right moment when seeking direction or guidance.  This is something I came across recently that reminds me to try to apply what I'm learning in my daily life (and I do need to be reminded often):

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