Reading Archives (Author)

Learning Not to Be Afraid of Things That Are Real

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Recently I've been looking through a field guide on nature observation. The author, when he was a child, was trained by an old Native American. One day the child asked the old man, "Why is it...

Read Passage

21K reads, 7 comments

Stay With The Breath

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Put aside your old ways of using your eyes and ears and nose, tongue, body, and mind to focus on issues outside there in the world, to get your knowledge about the world, to figure out how to gain wha...

Read Passage

24K reads, 14 comments

On Perfection and Priority

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Determination seems to underlie all the perfections [of the mind]. There are four aspects to determination. You use your discernment to decide what you want to accomplish, to see how it best...

Read Passage

11K reads, 10 comments

Dignity of Restraint

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

A word that tends to disappear from common vocabulary is restraint: foregoing certain pleasures, not because we have to, but because they go against our principles.  The opportunity to indulge in...

Read Passage

28K reads, 17 comments

Reality Poses No Danger

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Things that are real pose no danger to the mind. The real dangers in the mind are our delusions, the things we make up, the things we use to cover up reality, the stories, the preconceived notions we ...

Read Passage

31K reads, 7 comments

Deciding What You Want to Keep

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Look at your life in the same way you’d look through an attic, deciding what you’re going to keep, what you’re going to throw out. You’re moving from a house with a large attic...

Read Passage

13K reads, 11 comments

Beyond Being Present

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

All that past and all that future weigh down this one little moment here in the present: No wonder the present buckles under the weight. But if all the present has to support is just this one moment, ...

Read Passage

27K reads, 8 comments

No Mistake is Fatal

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Our minds are pretty chaotic systems, which is why following the middle way is so difficult. It's so easy for a chaotic system to get knocked out of equilibrium, to veer off to the left, to veer off t...

Read Passage

7K reads, 4 comments