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As we work to reweave the strands of connection, we can be supported by the

As we work to reweave the strands of connection, we can be supported by the wisdom and lovingkindness of others.
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Protection, as we use the word in Buddhism, is actually wisdom, it's insigh

Protection, as we use the word in Buddhism, is actually wisdom, it's insight. Protection is seeing and knowing deeply that all things in our experience arise due to causes, due to conditions coming together in a certain way.
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As we hone the ability to let go of distraction, to begin again without ran

As we hone the ability to let go of distraction, to begin again without rancor or judgment, we are deepening forgiveness and compassion for ourselves. And in life, we find we might make a mistake, and more easily begin again, or stray from our chosen cour
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Sometimes people don't trust the force of kindness. They think love or comp

Sometimes people don't trust the force of kindness. They think love or compassion or kindness will make you weak and kind of stupid and people will take advantage of you you won't stand up for other people.
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I think so many people tend to think of faith as blind adherence to a dogma

I think so many people tend to think of faith as blind adherence to a dogma or unquestioned surrender to an authority figure, and the result is losing self-respect and losing our own sense of what is true. And I don't think of faith in those terms at all.
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Dedicating some time to meditation is a meaningful expression of caring for

Dedicating some time to meditation is a meaningful expression of caring for yourself that can help you move through the mire of feeling unworthy of recovery. As your mind grows quieter and more spacious, you can begin to see self-defeating thought pattern
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Some people have a mistaken idea that all thoughts disappear through medita

Some people have a mistaken idea that all thoughts disappear through meditation and we enter a state of blankness. There certainly are times of great tranquility when concentration is strong and we have few, if any, thoughts. But other times, we can be fl
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We need the compassion and the courage to change the conditions that suppor

We need the compassion and the courage to change the conditions that support our suffering. Those conditions are things like ignorance, bitterness, negligence, clinging, and holding on.
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I think we spend so much of our lives trying to pretend that we know what's

I think we spend so much of our lives trying to pretend that we know what's going to happen next. In fact we don't. To recognize that we don't know even what will happen this afternoon and yet having the courage to move forward - that's one meaning of fai
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If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you'll be living in a worl

If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you'll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness.
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The first of the four noble truths of Buddhism, that there is suffering in

The first of the four noble truths of Buddhism, that there is suffering in life, was enormously important to me. No one had ever said it out loud. That had been my experience, of course, but no one had ever talked about it. I didn't know what to do with a
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From the Buddhist point of view, it is true that emptiness is a characteris

From the Buddhist point of view, it is true that emptiness is a characteristic of all of life - if we look carefully at any experience we will find transparency, insubstantiality, with no solid, unchanging core to our experience. But that does not mean th
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