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A Story of Impermanence from the Buddha

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on November 13, 2014

A Story of Impermanence from the Buddha by Pat Komarow               All of us know first- hand of impermanence through our own experiences.  As Buddhists, we learn to trust our experiences as the most direct information about change that we have.  When we actually understand the deeper universal nature of impermanence, insight arises and…

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Meditation and Mental Culture

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on October 12, 2014

Dear Noble Sangha, Walpola Rahula explains the Pali word for meditation, Bhavana, as meaning “mental culture” or “mental development.” In this context, meditation is not, as it may be commonly misunderstood, an escape from life, a mental withdrawal, or a blank spacing-out. In describing meditation as a mental culture or development Walpola Rahula emphasizes the…

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What are you feeding?

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on October 8, 2014

                    Dear Noble Sangha, Right effort is about what we choose to feed in our life. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, we can feed our suffering or we can feed our love and wisdom. Like a fire that requires fuel or food, our suffering, disappointment, and…

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The Buddha’s Words on Right Effort

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on October 8, 2014

Dear Noble Sangha, This month’s theme at Rocky Mountain Insight is Right Effort, the first of the “Samadhi” or “Concentration” division of the path. Here are some of the words of the Buddha on Right Effort. Again, these come from the wonderful resource of Access to Insight : www.accesstoinsight.org The definition (the four Right Exertions):…

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Buddha’s Words on Right Livelihood

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on September 16, 2014

Dear Noble Sangha, This month at Rocky Mountain Insight we explore another factor of the Noble Eightfold Path under the category of Sila. Remember Sila is a Pali word for discipline or ethics. Right Livelihood is arguably one of the most important, or at least most prevalent, factors of the path of a modern practitioner….

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Generosity in Action

By Morgan Smith

Published on July 25, 2014

I had a really unique experience this week and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do this again. A man came into work today (I’m a receptionist at a small doctor’s office, so it’s only me up front). He told me that all of his belongings had been robbed and he and his wife…

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Thoughts on Right Speech

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on July 20, 2014

Dear Yogis and Yoginis, Our words are, perhaps more than anything else, an expression of our mental state. It isn’t just what we say that is important, but how we say it. Our inflection, our timing, and our audience are all factors that condition our speech to be positive or negative, harmful or helpful, skillful…

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The Buddha on Right Intention

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on June 8, 2014

Dear Sangha   This month of June I invite all of you to reflect on Right Intention, also called Right Resolve (samma sankappo-Pali).   Here are some verses from the Buddha about Right Intention. You may wish to incorporate these into your practice by reciting them on one day, or reciting them daily for a…

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Right View: Everything You Do Matters

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on May 21, 2014

Dear Sangha, Why is Right View important? What does it matter what I believe about the world and how it works? About myself? About the path? Why do my thoughts, beliefs, and concepts matter? When contemplating these questions, I am always reminded of the verse from the Dhammapada as translated by Byrom: “We are what we…

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The Buddha Answers Questions on Right View

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on May 8, 2014

Dear Noble Sangha, In May we move into examining each element of the eightfold-path. In this post you will find words of the Buddha regarding Right View, the first element of the eightfold-path and the first component of the category of panna (sanskrit: prajna) or wisdom. What is Right View?: “And what is right view?…

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