Reading Archives (2016)

Five Prayers

Thich Nhat Hanh

In gratitude, I bow to all generations of ancestors in my blood family. I see my mother and father, whose blood, flesh, and vitality are circulating in my own veins and nourishing every cell in me. T...

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39K reads, 9 comments

Inner World of Moods

Patty de Llosa

“Give me a place to stand on," said the Greek mathematician Archimedes, “and I can move the world.” He was talking about his invention of using pulleys and levers to raise ...

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58K reads, 11 comments

How to Live If You're Going to Die

Blanche Hartman

I got a call that a dear friend of mine, who received precepts from me years ago when I lived at Green Gulch, was dying. I arranged with her husband to go and see her and give her the precepts again. ...

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73K reads, 21 comments

For the Traveler

John O'Donohue

Every time you leave home, Another road takes you Into a world you were never in.   New strangers on other paths await. New places that have never seen you Will startle a little at your ent...

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120K reads, 43 comments

Every Piece is Meant For You

Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache

Ever since I was young I enjoyed solving puzzles and having the pleasure to see the bigger picture afterwards. But even after all that, I found that life could be the most challenging puzzle we have t...

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17K reads, 6 comments

Love Needs to be Constantly Cleansed

Ajahn Jayasaro

In the stories that I cherished in my youth, happy endings almost always involved some kind of love, and I began to observe that in “real life” love is not always a guarantee of happiness ...

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19K reads, 7 comments

Restoring Balance and Meaning in Ourselves

Alan Briskin

During a time of great drought, a Taoist master was asked by members of a village if he could help bring rain to their dry fields. They confessed trying many other approaches before reaching out to hi...

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23K reads, 15 comments

Why I Make Movies

Mickey Lemle

All movies are an illusion. We think we are seeing motion but in fact we are seeing twenty-four still pictures every second. Half the time the screen is actually black. Yet movies seem so real, and so...

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57K reads, 7 comments

The Glass is Already Broken

Stephen and Ondrea Levine

Once someone asked a well-known Thai meditation master, "In this world where everything changes, where nothing remains the same, where loss and grief are inherent in our very coming into existenc...

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46K reads, 31 comments

Three Millimeters of the Universe

Daniel Gottlieb

Dear Sam, One night in the hospital, a friend came to visit me. I told her I didn't think I could go on anymore. What I was feeling went beyond despair. It was a loss of hope — of everyth...

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14K reads, 8 comments

Destiny is Within Us

Hawah Kasat

I remember walking to the bus stop one day. Sweat was dripping down my chin, while I gazed upon the faded metal bus-stop sign a block away. I saw an unorganized huddle of bodies. A few sat on the wood...

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16K reads, 11 comments

Reengineeing Our Patterns

Eknath Easwaran

When I recommend to someone that they slow down, they often raise a legitimate question: “There is so much that I have to do; how can I go through it slowly and get it all done?” I usually...

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15K reads, 11 comments

Becoming Free of Our Substitute Life

Ezra Bayda

A Zen student walked in to see the master. Sitting down, he blurted out, "There's something terribly wrong with me!" The master looked at him and asked, "What's so wrong?" ...

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19K reads, 10 comments

What is Meditation?

Vimala Thakar

"This awareness of the so called outward and the inward movements of life, is meditation. The simultaneous awareness of the total movement is meditation. If I am aware of the nature of my reactio...

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18K reads, 7 comments

Trees are Sanctuaries

Herman Hesse

Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscri...

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48K reads, 24 comments

Right Away is the Opposite of Now

Jacob Needleman

Some years ago, I was walking downtown San Francisco with a great friend and a learned Tibetan scholar. I asked him about one of the most striking ways that the Tibetans express the uniqueness of the ...

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18K reads, 13 comments

Simplicity of the Heart

J. Krishnamurti

Simplicity  of  the  heart  is  of  far  greater  importance  and  significance  than  simplicity  of possessions.  To  be&nb...

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20K reads, 12 comments

Taking a Stand

Lynne Twist

Over two thousand years ago, the mathematician Archimedes said, “Give me a place to stand and I’ll move the world.” Taking a stand is a way of living and being that draws on a place ...

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59K reads, 12 comments

Accessing Desire As Loving Motivation

Miki Kashtan

When Yannai, my sister Inbal’s son, was three and a half, his grandparents were visiting and were staying in the downstairs room. At about 8am the next morning Yannai started banging a pole on t...

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18K reads, 10 comments

My Work is Loving the World

Mary Oliver

My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird -  equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand...

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160K reads, 25 comments