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Book Title: “I Stumbled Upon a Jewel: a Collection of Essays by a Lay Sangha” by Margaret Peterson About the book (from Publisher): Virtually everything written in English about Buddhism has been written by scholars, ministers, or formal leaders, no matter whether it is Tibetan, Zen, Shin or any other Buddhist sect. This book is […]
In my approach to anger management, I see anger as fear (of invalidation, of disapproval, of various ego threats, etc). Until it dawned on me that anger was fundamentally a form of fear, I was lost at sea as a clinician. But as soon as I rethought anger as fear, all of my trial-and-error bag […]
Anger is older than our thoughts and theories about it. Anger is primordial survival know-how. It was made for the jungle. Anger commands immense psychosomatic energies in a flash of time. Anger is a miracle of body-mind synchronization for self-defensive action. Anger is a counterintuitive evolutionary innovation: Unlike fear, which takes us away from the […]
When paranoia has exhausted its evolutionary utility, there comes a crossroads of choice: to keep on fearing or to fearlessly accept the new normal (i.e. to recalibrate the understanding of what is now normal). The momentum of fear usually pre-determines the direction we take.
Mind is a perfectly fine thing to waste. From a meditative standpoint, that is. Indeed, mind comes, mind goes, recycling itself from one fleeting state to another. Point is: mind wastes itself, leaving absolutely nothing of permanence to hold onto. The real conservation question is: what remains? Look into this cosmic mystery that you are. […]
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