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Why Am I Reacting Like This?

Character styes, community and mindfulness. During roughly the last hundred years developmental psychology has mapped out in detail how we become emotionally an adult and how our environment – emotional and physical – can adversely impact upon this. Put simply as we grow up things wound us and these wounds we may then bear for […]

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The Nirvana Debate – Joseph Goldstein extract.

INTRODUCTION In this article Joseph Goldstein, a very experienced and influential Insight meditation teacher, explores his confusion about the apparent difference of opinion between different schools of Theravada Buddhism, Korean Ch’an and Dzogchen on the status of consciousness / awareness. His own tradition teaches consciousness is something transitory whilst Ch’an and Dzogchen believe awareness – […]

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Shall we trance?

At the heart of Buddhism is a recipe for successful meditation; it is a balance between the right amount of effort, mindfulness and concentration. Both historically and also particularly recently the emphasis has been on mindfulness, an open awareness that enables us to remain fully present moment to moment with what we are experiencing. However […]

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Book Review: Tibet, a History

Sam van Schaik 2011 Tibet, a History, Yale University Press, New haven and London. When I first heard Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche’s description of the community around his own teacher Chanchub Dorje I failed to realise the significance of what he was saying. Coming from our society that values democratic equality I had no notion […]

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