APPAMADA

March 2010 Blog Posts (4)

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Added by Flint Sparks on March 17, 2010 at 8:26am — No Comments

Your Buddha nature

When we say “you are perfect just as you are,” we do not mean perfect as in “ideal” or “exemplary,” or even “awakened.” We mean you are the perfect expression of all the causes and conditions that brought you into being and that sustain your present existence. Everything that you need is already available to you, already within you. You lack nothing whatsoever and you are becoming.…

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Added by Peg Syverson on March 5, 2010 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Paul Knitter, "How a Buddhist Christian Sees It"

On Election Day, this perspective about how the Buddha's "Middle Way" might apply in politics seems especially appropriate. The link is to a blog on the web site for Union Theological Seminary (Columbia University), where I received my M.Div.


Added by John McInroy on March 2, 2010 at 10:56am — No Comments

The Buddha's Last Instruction

The Mary Oliver poem that Ted posted is a beautiful poetic expression, but it also relies on a widespread misperception of the Buddha’s “last instruction.” I was reflecting on it this morning. Early translators of the Buddha’s teachings tended to be influenced by their Christian backgrounds and education (they would translate a term that means “sage” as…

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Added by Peg Syverson on March 1, 2010 at 8:27am — No Comments

 

 

Appamada is not just the occasional mindful thought or attentive state of mind, it’s actually a commitment to being attentive. It’s more than just a meditative state of mind, it’s more than just being mindful. It has to do with that primary ethical or moral orientation we have in life, with which we bring into being whatever activity we’re engaged in. Whether in formal meditation, in our interactions with other people, in our social concerns, or in our political choices, it’s the energetic cherishing of what we regard as good.

—Stephen Batchelor

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