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Stephen Bell
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Listening to myself
It's a hinderance of mine that I get excited about ideas. It's sense pleasure once again leading me away from the focus on my breath. I heard myself saying, "Even if I don't get enlightened, I have gained a lot from being on the path, and working to reduce ...

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Chapter 4 Psychotherapy East and West
Psychotherapy East and West by Watts Chapter IV: Through A Glass Darkly: The chapter starts out comparing scientific views that are experience far for humans, and that it's not going to be the road to liberation except that it does give insight into some ho...

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Alan Watts reprint of 1961 book
The First Half of Psychotherapy East and West: In the first chapter of Psychotherapy East and West he skates along big ideas, and typically in academia you're supposed to get into smaller chunks to make sure you've got it right. In some ways Watts is kind o...

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Alan Watts Psychotherapy East and West
Alan Watts Psychotherapy East and West has been reissued now that it's 56 years old. In the preface he talks about all the places where he's compared the two (psychotherapy and Buddhism), lots of academic setting and with lots of people in the field--the on...

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Ill Will
Read the part of Working With The Five Hinderances   the is about ill will. Our current president is firing off ill will in me a lot. Now without going into the criticism of the president, I want to focus on what it triggers in me, my ill will, not his. I c...

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Vegan 2017
I don't really believe in new years resolutions, because I'm always taking steps forward (sometimes backwards temporarily) and the end of the calendar year isn't the only time for reflection and aspirations to move towards the Buddha, to close the distance ...

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Best book of 2016
The runners up are Radical Dharma , Time To Stand Up and The Buddha's Wife . In an age when legitimate concerns are ghettoized in "identity politics" I relish the the black and women's voice. It is a time for political activism, time to stand up. It is a ti...

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Tibetan Pop Star: Ani Choying Drolma
Ani Choying Drolma is supposedly the Tibetan pop star, according to Lion's Roar . Check her out on Spotify. She has an awesome charity for nuns. You can follow her on Facebook.

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Fire
Sangharakshita, in the meditation anthology , talks about saying "sit" instead of "meditation". His take was that sit is casual, where as meditation implies more the right effort involved. I thought that was interesting. He also says when you're tired, you ...
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