Seven Factors of Enlightenment

These seven qualities or factors of enlightenment are taught by the Buddha to remain free of the distraction of craving, aversion and further deluded thinking…

The Buddha Taught Happiness

I believe it is wrong speech to misrepresent the Buddha’s Dhamma. Cultural influence, individual views, and a lack of thorough inquiry has led to a “thicket of views” within Buddhism…

The Wisdom of Restraint

The Wisdom of Restraint is an article on developing restraint. It is mindful restraint at the Six-sense base that develops awakening or full human maturity. …

Going Forth

The Buddha called himself the “Tathagata” which means “one who has gone forth and” and has through his own efforts awakened to the truth of reality…

Modern Buddhism – A Thicket of Views

What I have found through my own direct experience and inquiry is that the attempt to protect a particular modern lineage or to insist on a one-size-fits-all reconciliation of all the modern Buddhist “Dharmas” leads to a confusing and, again in my experience, an ineffective “thicket of views.” The term thicket of views are the words the Buddha used 2600 years ago to describe what would occur by craving for an adapted form of Dharma practice…

Post Election Mindfulness

Post Election Mindfulness is an excerpt from our Saturday morning Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey, on February 4, 2017. A question was asked regarding the turbulence following the recent presidential election about maintaining a calm and well-concentrated mind during these quickly changing times…

Introduction To The Buddha’s Dhamma

three talks that introduce the Buddha’s teachings. The first two talks were presented at our weekly classes at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey in the Summer and Fall of 2017 and the third talk was presented at the Introductory class for our 2016 Truth of Happiness Sangha Dhamma study on December 6, 2016, and includes a brief history of the Buddha and an overview of his Dhamma…

Paradox and the Dhamma

Engaging in the dhamma and taking true refuge in the dhamma does not begin with recognizing the paradox of attempting to “save all sentient beings” but with the realistic and achievable goal…

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