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Maintaining Right Concentration in Difficult Times

Today I want to talk about my thoughts and opinions on maintaining Right Concentration in difficult times. To cut to the bottom line, we’re talking about meditation here. Not just the “sit quietly for a few minutes to clear my head” kind of meditation. This is about the long-term goals and affects of meditation. Frankly, […]

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Maintaining Right Mindfulness in Difficult Times

Here we go. “Mindfulness” is such a buzzword at the moment, and that makes me disinclined to write about it. As much as I appreciate that people want to be genuinely present, and show gratitude for the things that so many people take for granted, there’s more to it. So today I want to talk […]

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Maintaining Right Effort in Difficult Times

Today I want to talk about my meditations on maintaining Right Effort in difficult times. This one is paradoxically the hardest to explain and the easiest to understand. The original texts talk about wholesome and unwholesome states, so I want to break it down. Let’s wander down the Noble Eighfold Path! Having Right Effort means, […]

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Maintaining Right Livelihood in Difficult Times

Recently a comedy news show did a full-episode take down of my former employer. It’s one of those shows that does investigative journalism better than most news agencies. The company they reported on is the one I’m referring to when I talk about my negative experiences in the corporate world. The place that was so […]

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Maintaining Right Action in Difficult Times

Today I want to talk about my meditations on maintaining Right Action in difficult times. This is another set of prohibitions. Don’t kill. Don’t steal. And don’t engage in sexual misconduct. Some interpret these as total abstentions, which is where the trope about Buddhists being vegetarians comes from, and why monks are celibate. Because the […]