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Authentic

Do you ever sit in contemplation and wonder about your full, natural, original, authentic self? The first time I ever contemplated this was as a teen unable to sleep due to the heat and humidity in my non-air conditioned bedroom. … Continue reading

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Inner Illumination

My former guru cautioned his students to remain skeptical of their own enlightenment because it could very well be just another ego trip. Indeed, if a particular state of mind is judged to be high on an hierarchical scale of … Continue reading

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Sweeping Generalizations

“Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.”–Edward R. Murrow In this age of the Internet and perceived time compression we are often tempted to believe slogans and to agree with sweeping generalizations. Perhaps these tendencies are a … Continue reading

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Awake

I woke up too early today. I felt rested and full of energy, so I climbed out of bed and waited for the alarm to beep. When the clock failed to sound when it seemed that it should have, I … Continue reading

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Anchored Mind

Decades ago, the philosophy instructor at my college said something that I jotted in my notebook and underlined. “The moment you have found something, you are already lost. It is an anchor to which mind clings. It kills off ones … Continue reading

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Spiritual Literacy

There are times when I just have to walk away from all the information describing the physical and mental damage being inflicted during today’s clash of the titan religions.  The struggle for superiority and dominance is resulting in much militarism … Continue reading

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The Parinirvana

According to the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures, the Lord Buddha always granted a request if it was asked of him three times.  In the Buddha’s end times he had mentioned to his close attendant, Ananda, that a Buddha has the ability to … Continue reading

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