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SoCS: Mu, Wu

I didn’t need to rhyme with moo because mu or wu is familiar to me from my twenty-year-old mixed up college self, when my brother came over dropped off a stack of books about Buddhism and said, “These will serve … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

Day-books have been the rage in the last decade, and frankly, most are a bit like FaceBook, allowing you to feel like you are having a brief respite when in fact, like the thousand friends you’ve collected, real friends need to be cultivated and spent time with, listening and understanding and celebrating. I postulate that while they may be nice as part of a calendar, if you want to have any kind of spiritual awakening, you need to pick a spiritual path and stay with it like you would a good friend, and get to know its depths. Continue reading

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Lojong Practice 27: Aspiration

Notes at the end for this ongoing study: This is the twenty-seventh weekly installment.  To start at the beginning go here. The fifth of the five strengths is aspiration. Trungpa speak of this as ending with the wish to save … Continue reading

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Lojong Practice 26: Reproach, Fear, Sanity

Notes at the end for this ongoing study: This is the twenty-sixth weekly installment.  To start at the beginning go here. The fourth of the five strengths is reproach. Trungpa Rinpoche discusses this as in “reproaching your ego.” Ego is … Continue reading

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Lojong Practice 25: Basic Goodness

Notes at the end for this ongoing study: This is the twenty-fifth weekly installment.  To start at the beginning go here. The third of the five strengths is seed of virtue. I don’t relate well to the “seed of virtue”, … Continue reading

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Lojong Practice 24: Dog-Eared Study Books

Notes at the end for this ongoing study: This is the twenty-fourth weekly installment.  To start at the beginning go here.  The second of the five strengths is familiarization.  Trungpa says, “Your dharmic subconscious gossip has begun to be more … Continue reading

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Lojong Practice 23: Determination

Notes at the end for this ongoing study: This is the twenty-third weekly installment.  To start at the beginning go here. “17: Practice the five strengths, the condensed heart instructions.” The first of the five strengths, is strong determination.  Trungpa … Continue reading

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