Seeing Delusion: How Not to Be Crickets

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“[Crickets]…when their faces become covered with dirt, become disoriented and muddled and bite each other until they die. We humans, when our faces become covered with dirt, when we are subject to all sorts of delusions and desires, become so bewildered and disoriented that we act contrary to how we would if we could see under ordinary circumstances…” -Achaan Buddhadasa …

Avoiding The Intention Setting Trap: Three Tools to Make and Keep New Year’s Resolutions

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One Mind Dharma once again welcomes a post from Kate Spina. If you enjoy Kate’s posts (like we do), you can find the link to her posts at the bottom of this page! As we begin a new year there is often a lot of talk about setting intentions, resolutions, or goals for the coming year. It’s a cultural norm, …

What is Underneath?

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It started with a tweaked knee. My winter livelihood depends on my ability to ski, so it makes sense that I would be anxious about my knee. My stomach got even more tense than normal, I was super restless during meditation, and my brain was full of worries and what ifs. The fear and anxiety took over. “How are you?” …

Mindlessness

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From the very moment I awake I seem to already be in the kitchen grabbing a banana on the run. Or, perhaps I’m catching my breath in the back of the bus after having chased it for a few blocks. When I do get to wherever it is I’m headed towards I’ve forgotten most of the songs I listened to …

Misunderstandings and the Harm Caused

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Whether it is on our social media pages, in groups we attend or teach, or in casual conversation, we hear a few things quite often that seem to come from a place of misunderstanding. These things may be said with wholesome intentions, but transmitting our own misunderstanding can actually cause harm to others. Our intention with this post is simply …

Don’t Just Think Positive Thoughts

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Spend a little time on social media, self-help blogs, or around spiritual circles and you’re bound to hear something like, “Just think positive thoughts.” It is flooding the airwaves in the spiritual and self-help worlds, and frankly, we think it is harmful. Thinking positive is absolutely not a good blanket piece of advice for people, and the practice of positive thinking …

Dana and Caga: Generosity

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If you’ve ever attended a Buddhist meditation group, you’ve probably heard the “dana talk,” the request for donations to support the group. When we think of dana, or generosity, in Buddhism, this is often what comes to mind. However, the word dana refers to much more than just giving money to support a meditation group. The principle of generosity goes …

The Importance of Sangha

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  Sangha is one of the Three Jewels in Buddhism, which are three things which we turn to for refuge. Sometimes referred to as the Three Refuges, these different aspects of practice are equally important. We can think of the jewels as true refuges: places where we go for safety. Sangha is just one of these refuges, with the other two …

Finding Refuge

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One Mind Dharma is excited to be hosting this wonderful new guest post from our friend, Jeff. Visit Jeff at www.pavlostog.com. Being a natural born shit disturber I’m attracted to a bit of controversy and then I like to see if I can depower opposition by adding a potentially neutral element or perhaps a point of view yet unseen by …