The Eight Worldly Concerns

The Eight Worldly Concerns

The day after sending a piece he wrote about the meditation on death, Giacomo sent some reflections on the eight worldly concerns. His insights about his motivation are very thoughtful. Well, actually my motivation was very mixed when I sent you the previous piece I...
Offering Food to the Sangha

Offering Food to the Sangha

The Buddha’s Doctrine is founded upon generosity—the sharing of teachings and possessions. Monastics live a simple life style and put their energy into learning and practicing the teachings. Therefore, they practice generosity primarily by giving Dharma teachings and...
Pretending Can Be Powerful

Pretending Can Be Powerful

I just watched the latest Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner talk (Feb. 8, 2011) where you mentioned “pretending can be very powerful” and wanted to share this short anecdote on a different type of “pretending” that I thought you and others might like: You may remember I...
Even Magpies

Even Magpies

by Lynn McDougal The year 2010 has now drawn to a close and, right on its heels is the drawing down of the first month of the White Tara retreat which I am participating in from afar. My experience doing this retreat has thus far been mixed – alternately enthusiastic,...