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Ever Wonder What Buddhist Monks Are Chanting?

To give you a tiny sampling, a flavor of what Theravada Buddhist monks chant every morning, following are a few stanzas of the Buddha's exact teachings in his native Pali language (with ..
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Interdependent Origination

The Buddha introduced a number of things that are unique to all religions and spirituality. Two of these are The Four Noble Truths and Interdependent Origination. The Buddha claimed that one could ..
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The Secret of Being

When we cannot just “be, " then we have to be “something, " and when we have to be something, we have to set goals. When we set goals, however, we are never satisfied until the goal is ..
(June 08, 2008)
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How to Make a Mess of Your Life

Everyone wants happiness. Happiness is the driving force behind almost all of our actions, and even when we are unhappy, we are involved with somehow changing that unhappiness into happiness for ..
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What Interests You Most?

This is a very important question; what interests you most, because your answer to this question determines your destiny. So before you answer, look carefully at all the options and decide which is ..
(August 07, 2008)
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Affairs of the Heart, and the Ending of Sorrow

When we think of heart, we think of our emotions. In the context of this article, however, heart means the summation of all that we are; our emotions, our thoughts, our bodies, and our minds - and ..
(June 15, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Blue Shadows Chapter 8 (Part 2)

Impatiently, she blurted out, “All I know is that my husband and my children are my world. How could I search for this ‘deeper happiness’ and not compromise my feelings toward them, .
(June 16, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Blue Shadows Chapter 8 (Part 3)

I am well aware of your repute as a warrior, " it snarled, “killing many men without blinking an eye. What makes you think you can now turn your back on this and become a key seeker? I say once .
(June 17, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Blue Shadows Chapter 8 (Part 4)

My knees were shaking as I walked up to Conqueror and swung onto his back. The great horse snorted, saying that he had warned me, but I just smiled and let him lead the way. I had faced myself, and ..
(June 20, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Deeper in the Valley Chapter 9 (Part 1)

We located a trail heading in the general direction of the pass, and started up. The slope was gentle to begin with, but after a day of climbing, it steepened, and then the weather turned bad. Before .
(June 23, 2008)
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Meditation The Deeper Aspects

When we begin meditation, we might begin with a mantra, or a word, or perhaps concentration on the breath. We do this to replace the never ending cycle of thoughts and emotions that circle round us ..
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The Key (A Fairytale) Deeper in the Valley Chapter 9 (Part 2)

The huge structure was built into the mountain, actually appearing to be part of the mountain itself, and if I did not know that this was a community of key seekers, I would have sworn it was a ..
(June 26, 2008)
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Five Roadblocks to Meditation and How They Apply to Westerners

The first hindrance to meditation is desire for sense stimulation. This can range from obsessive sexual lust, to compulsive socializing, to addictive intellectual pursuits. In the West, we tend ..
(June 29, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Deeper in the Valley Chapter 9 (Part 3)

More years passed, and although the young man and I became the closest of friends, I could never tell him that his father was dead . . . or that I was the one responsible. All he could talk about was .
(June 30, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Only a Mild Interest Chapter 10 (Part 1)

Sahmad began the secret instructions, “Close your eye and pay close attention so that you can precisely remember these directions. They are complicated but essential, and any deviation could ..
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Are You on the Right Path?

There are telltale signs, but before they can be acknowledged, a determination must be made regarding your purpose for treading a path in the first place. Most people don't tread a path through the ..
(July 06, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Only a Mild Interest Chapter 10 (Part 2)

Sahmad dispatched one of his attendants to summon a physician, while another stayed behind as an interpreter. Sahmad then instructed me to lie down, and he lit two large cones of incense, carefully ..
(July 08, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Only a Mild Interest Chapter 10 (Part 3)

I turned around and walked slowly to the stables. Conqueror knew that it was time to once again leave. We just began walking down the mountain when a soldier appeared without warning and raised his ..
(July 13, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Goodbye, My Son Chapter 11 (Part 1)

Conqueror limped stiffly but was always eager to begin a new journey, loving the spontaneity of adventure as much as I did. Occasional wafts of warm air greeted us as we made our way down the ..
(July 14, 2008)
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Our Aspirations

The way we live is key to describing what we are, which can be quite different from our lofty ideals of what we are. And if we consider what we should be, what the loftiest ideal for a human being ..
(July 15, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Goodbye, My Son Chapter 11 (Part 2)

Conqueror and I remained at our vantage point in the foothills until the weather exhausted itself. With the floods beginning to melt into the countryside, and with no signs of my enemies from the ..
(July 17, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Goodbye, My Son Chapter 11 (Part 3)

We walked from village to village for two years, and eventually reached a thriving village at the foot of a high, snow-capped mountain. According to my water-stained map, this village was only a few ..
(July 20, 2008)
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Something to Believe In

It's not easy to find something to believe in these days. There is so much information on the internet that whatever we believe in can be very effectively debunked in a heartbeat, leaving us with ..
(July 22, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Goodbye, My Son Chapter 11 (Part 4)

Miraculously, I was still alive when I woke up, having slept well. I lit my lamp to see what the monster was up to, and could see the beast slowly licking some tiger bones. It was carefully watching ..
(July 25, 2008)
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The Key (A Fairytale) Goodbye, My Son - Chapter 11 - (Part 5)

At that exact moment, a young couple from the village was coincidently walking down the path with some food they had prepared for me. When they saw me emerge from the cave with this creature from ..
(July 28, 2008)
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