Flow And Grow. . .

Flow And Grow. . .

The first step of this path, right understanding, is primarily a matter of seeing things as they really are — or at least trying to do so without self-deceit or evasion. In another sense, right understanding begins as a mental appreciation of the nature of existence, and as such it can be regarded as the beginning of the path. While right understanding can be regarded as the complete understanding of the Buddha doctrine, it is based on the recognition of three dominating characteristics of the relative universe, of the universe of time, form and matter. These three characteristics can briefly be set out in this way: Impermanence: All things in the relative universe are unceasingly changing. Dissatisfaction: Some degree of suffering or dissatisfaction is inherent...

Unconditioned. . .

Unconditioned. . .

It is self-centered craving that holds together the forces which comprise the life-current, the stream of existence which we call the self; and it is only with self-delusion that unsatisfactoriness or suffering can exist. By the destruction of that which holds together the delusion of the self, the root cause of suffering is also destroyed. The ultimate aim of Buddhist practice, then, is to understand the delusion of self. This is where a great deal of misunderstanding arises, and naturally so; but once it is realized that to understand and let go of the concept of self is to eliminate our delusion, our misunderstanding disappears. When the delusion is removed, the reality appears; so that to destroy delusion is to reveal the reality. The reality cannot be...

Prescription To Live. . .

Prescription To Live. . .

Wouldn’t it be great if we were born with instruction manuals? Each one would be different based on what we needed to learn, but the basics would be the same: how to create healthy relationships, how to deal with sorrow and pain, how to reach our goals, and how to know what we want to do with our lives when we grow up. Unfortunately there is no such manual because although collectively we have many similarities, mentally and spiritually we tend to be as different as the various sizes of peanut M&M’s – The same yet unique. It is for this reason that we all must learn to find and walk our own path. No one can do this for us, but others can certainly share their experience of the journey that truly never ends. We all have our own unique quirky...

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