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#374 MEDITATION: Misconception, illusion, and deception Dec 4 21

Mindfulness meditation: misconception, illusion, and delusion Here is a list of the most common deceptive statements promoted by so-called meditation teachers and by statements coming from students. The list is not exhaustive and not in any specific order. The main purpose of practicing meditation is to relax & to quiet the mind. Not true! The […]

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#373 The practice of "Don't know mind" Nov. 27 21

The practice of Don’t know mind “Cultivate a - don’t know mind . It opens the door to serenity and tolerance. It is the foundation of Zen practice Zen loves to challenge us with these enigmatic and counterintuitive teachings. “Don’t know mind “ goes totally against our Western education and culture for the following 4 […]

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#372 Breathing properly during meditation: the Why and How

Breathing properly to anchor our mind: the why and the How Understanding the “WHY” will help you to maximize the “How” The basic purpose of Zen is to achieve and maintain serenity that is a steady emotional balance. It can be achieved only in taming, and better in controlling our non-stop cognitive and emotional mind. […]

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#371 Non-acceptance Nov.7th 2

Non-acceptance Last week we talk about attachment as a potential source of suffering. This week, we are swinging to the opposite side of attachment that is non-acceptance, which also may induce suffering. Suffering and non-acceptance are the opposite sides of the same coin called the emotional mind. Attachment is desire whereas non-acceptance is disliked. Try […]

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#370 Examples of questions from students about Zen Nov. 4 21

Example of questions about Zen from students Here are a few core questions asked by students that I dealt with over the years. This list is not exhaustive and is not in any specific order. Pick a few of them or have your own ones then write them down. Remember: There is no stupid question, […]

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#369 Attachments Oct 30 21

Attachments And attachment is a bond that is created between the Self and its image with something /somebody else. They can be material, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. As soon as such bond is fastened, the risk of suffering may or will appear because: Everything is transient and without our control for whatever reasons or Because, […]

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#368 The Knots of suffering Oct 24th 21

The knots of suffering To be happy or even serene is not to be free from suffering, it is to suffer less. If we cannot transform the pain within ourselves, serenity would not be possible. Many people look for happiness outside themselves, but true happiness must come from inside of us. Our culture tells us […]

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#367: Is there a way toward Awakening Oct.10 21

Is there a journey toward Awakening? “I have been meditating for 2 years with the group and alone at home every day. Also, I have been listening and read all Dharma talks. Where am I in the journey toward Awakening” asked the student. “ You are far away from it and also too close” I […]

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#366 The 4th Noble Truth Oct.3rd 21

The 4th Noble Truth (Reality): The Noble eightfold path 1st Noble Truth = Suffering” is an integral part of life. 2nd = 3 main causes of suffering (I want but don’t get, I am getting what I don’t want, and ignorance (illusions) ) 3rd = Extinction of suffering = Nirvana The 4th Noble Truth (Reality): […]

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#365 Being mindful cultivating relationships and joy by Roland Sep.26th 21

Being mindful cultivating relationships and joy. I started meditating in my early twenties, to address drugs, anxiety, and depression, I am now in my early seventies and still going, except for several hiatus’s I have been reading, studying, and practicing the Tao, Zen philosophy and of course meditation. Most people seek meditation as a way […]

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