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Intoxication: The Last Word (For now)

I have one more reader comment on the ‚ÄòGreat Intoxication Debate‚Äù from last week (see the comments on last week’s post here and here), and then I think I’m going to let that subject go for a while ‚Ķ until it comes up again- somehow I don’t think we’ve really resolved it, or that we ever . . . → Read More: Intoxication: The Last Word (For now)

Christians and Karma?

Do Christians Have Karma?

A Reader recently wrote:

I was born and raised a hell-fire and brimstone Baptist. My grandfather was a Southern Baptist preacher and I literally grew up in church. By the time I was in my teens I had begun to question my upbringing and have finally been able to break the bonds of my . . . → Read More: Christians and Karma?

Podcast Episode 18: Compassion, Faith & Intoxicants

Welcome back! This is Episode 18 of the Daily Buddhism, and I’m your host, Brian Schell.

Weekly Announcements:

I have just a couple of quick announcements today. First, I am now on Twitter. I am not completely sure what it’s good for yet, but I’m in the process f . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 18: Compassion, Faith & Intoxicants

Dhammapada Chapter 2: On Earnestness

Chapter II
On Earnestness

21. Earnestness is the path of immortality (Nirvana), thoughtlessness the path of death. Those who are in earnest do not die, those who are thoughtless are as if dead already.

22. Those who are advanced in earnestness, having understood this clearly, delight in earnestness, and rejoice in the knowledge of the Ariyas (the elect).

23. . . . → Read More: Dhammapada Chapter 2: On Earnestness

Koan: Great Waves

Great Waves

In the early days of the Meiji era there lived a well-known wrestler called O-nami, Great Waves.

O-nami was immensely strong and knew the art of wrestling. In his private bouts he defeated even his teacher, but in public he was so bashful that his own pupils threw him.

O-nami felt he should go to a Zen . . . → Read More: Koan: Great Waves