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Mara, The Evil One

Enlightenment, or simply clear vision and freedom from, or at least deep knowledge and understanding of the force of the duality in everyone of us can bring about a mind state that just can’t be bothered by anything or anyone, regardless of their deviousness and trickery. Such a person, probably a regular meditator will immediately […]

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King Bimbisara 2…this time it’s personal

In King Bimbisara 2, we come up against the problem with desire. In too many ways in our modern society are we worried about the doing rather than the wanting to do! At least once before on this blog I’ve begged the question, “what’s worse; the love of your life leaving you for another, or […]

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Asalah Puja

Saturday marked the Buddhist Festival of Asalah Puja. Dr. Serena Nimityongskul joined us to talk about it this morning. Here’s a look at our conversation. Guest: Asalha Puja day marks the completion of the Triple Gem in Buddhism, which consists of the Buddha himself, his teachings or the dharma, and the sangha or monastic community […]

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King Bimbisara and the Purposeful Idle Life

The story of King Bimbisara underlines what a bugger it is when you you’re down to your last faithful charioteer, but Siddartha is committed to this path. Don’t know what my wife and kids would think if I left here to go off with James the chauffeur, but as this is the supposed Gospel of Buddha, we can cut the guy some slack.

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The Three Woes

At first it might seem futile to sit under a tree, meditating in order to overcome the three woes. To our minds looking through the lens of western modernity, it seems daft to think you could sit under a tree and somehow overcome what is after all, inevitable. Many of us will get sick, most of us get old and all of us die.

So what’s the point of this, it’s insurmountable surely?

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The Ties of Life

The Ties of Life. A good news story, yes. But one with deeper meaning than the event itself. OK there’s a bit of spin as you’d expect. This guy Siddhattha sounds too good to be true after all. I bet he swatted a few mosquitoes in his time, got a bit pissed off when the gardeners disturbed his meditation, had a pollen allergy. hay fever drives me nuts!