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Death (Maraṇānussati)

Blog & Articles Death (Maraṇānussati) Reflecting on death is not meant to fill us with fear or scare us. The practice of contemplating death and accepting death as part of life can help us reconsider the priorities in our life. When we can prepare ourselves for death in advance; thus, we will not panic or […]

Mind-Objects (Dhammas)

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Blog & Articles Mind-Objects (Dhammas) The practice of Mindfulness of Mind-Objects, or Dhammas, is a profound gateway to abiding realization, let us explore the teachings of the Satipatthana Sutta, delving into the significance of establishing mindfulness in the realm of Dhammas. The Satipatthana Sutta guides us to cultivate awareness of mind-objects, the subtle aspects of […]

Feeling Tone (Vedanā)


Blog & Articles Feeling Tone (Vedanā) With a quiet acknowledgment of the November morning unfolding outside my window, the crisp air carries the essence of autumn. I find myself sitting in stillness, embracing the practice of mindfulness of Vedanā. As I settle on my meditation cushion, I turn my attention inward, tuning into the subtle […]

Mindfulness Of The Body (Kāya)


Blog & Articles Mindfulness Of The Body (Kāya) In the Theravada tradition, mindfulness of the body is intricately woven into the framework of the Satipatthana Sutta, a seminal discourse of the Buddha. This foundational text delineates the four foundations of mindfulness, with the first being mindfulness of the body. Practitioners are encouraged to cultivate a […]

The Practice Of Mettā

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Blog & Articles The Practice Of Mettā One of the most transformational practices of Insight Meditation is the practice of Mettā, also known as Lovingkindness, which involves cultivating feelings of goodwill, kindness, and gentleness towards oneself and others. Because of its many advantages for mental and emotional wellbeing, Metta has grown in popularity among modern meditation practitioners. […]

Vipassanā Bhāvanā

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Blog & Articles Vipassanā Bhāvanā Vipassanā bhāvanā, or Insight Meditation, can be found in the Theravāda tradition of Buddhist practice, which emphasizes the cultivation of mindfulness (sati) for the advancement of wisdom (panna). Put simply, the practice is based on the understanding that suffering arises from craving, and that liberation from suffering can be achieved […]

Samatha Bhāvanā

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Blog & Articles Samatha Bhāvanā Vipassana, commonly referred to as insight meditation, has grown in popularity in recent years in the West. The goal of this type of meditation, which is connected to the Theravada school of Buddhism, is to cultivate awareness while also gaining insight into the nature of reality. Though not the sole […]

Satya Narayana Goenka

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Blog & Articles Satya Narayana Goenka Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious & Spiritual Leaders By Acharya S. N. Goenka Mr. S. N. Goenka1924—2013 Background Mr. Goenka is a teacher of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of the late Sayagyi U Ba Khin of Burma (Myanmar). Although Indian by descent, Mr. Goenka was born and […]

Candy Bar Kindness

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Blog & Articles Candy Bar Kindness – A practice of Renunciation Instructions: Place this extremely rich and delicious candy bar in your refrigerator. Each time the craving to nibble, eat, or taste the candy bar arises, gently say “No.” to the mind. Say “no” to the mind with tenderness and understanding. This is a “no” […]

Shock The Monkey

Shock The Monkey

Blog & Articles Shock The Monkey The practice of renunciation is the practice of non-addiction. It is the practice of saying “no” to the mind. It’s not a “no” motivated by aversion but a wise “no” that sees clearly craving in the mind. Where there is fixation and dependency a skillful discrimination and kind “no” […]