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Is there a common ground among different traditions of meditation?

I wrote a guest post on this topic on the new “What Meditation Really Is” website. Click here.

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How can we know a spiritual teacher is trustworthy?

On the spiritual path, we need teachers we can trust, and who will guide us correctly and not leads us into deeper confusion. So what is the main criteria for a qualified teacher?  How can we tell whether the teacher … Continue reading

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What makes an authentic spiritual teacher?

How do you know if a teacher is trustworthy and genuine? This is a question I have reflected on quite a lot in the last few months. I thought this would be a good theme to conclude the series of … Continue reading

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How can we live a meaningful life?

In my last post I asked: What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? And I wondered whether these were actually good questions to ask. Life is. We are here! The world around us is here! So, what … Continue reading

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Is there a satisfying answer to “What is the Meaning of Life”?

I have been reflecting on the meaning of life a lot recently. I read and thought about many possible answers from many different spiritual traditions. They all look at the meaning and purpose of life in different ways but there … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life

Happy New Year! Here is a good question to start the year: What is the meaning of life? I suggest you stop reading for a moment and reflect what you would say if someone were to come up to you … Continue reading

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Christmas Afterthoughts

During the Holiday season I was invited a few times by friends from different spiritual traditions to celebrate Christmas. In the area where I live there is a tradition of Kirtan and it was the heart of many Christmas get … Continue reading

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What is the Essence of the Spiritual Path?

I am between topics at the moment. Just finished a few posts on karma and want to write about what an authentic spiritual teacher is next. But the first post in this series is not quite finished and I want … Continue reading

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Why karma is not moralistic

My last post was on bringing awareness of karma into our life.  Karma explains what positive and negative actions are and helps us to live and act accordingly. Rigpa has a wonderful free daily email with inspiring quotes from Buddhist … Continue reading

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Living with awareness of karma

In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to write about how we can know that a spiritual teacher is an authentic. But since my reflections in the last few days have been on karma I decided to write … Continue reading

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How to Practice in a Nutshell

This has been quite a long series on the essence of Buddhist practice. I began this series with the intention of bring my understanding of what practice is about  into a simple point. As I reflected on the teachings I … Continue reading

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How to Meditate: Eight Simple Steps

This week I wrote a guest post for my wife’s blog Always Well Within. It is called How to meditate: Eight Simple Steps. The post is a based on a handout that I put together for our local meditation group. … Continue reading

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Good at the End: Dedication

Today I am going to conclude my series of posts on the “Essence of Buddhist Practice” which is encapsulated in the three noble principles which are, for example, presented in chapter five of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. … Continue reading

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Good in the Middle: Understanding the main point of practice

In the last two post I have been reflecting on what essential elements my practice needs to have in order to be authentic and to bring lasting benefit and transformation. The three elements that are considered to be indispensable are … Continue reading

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Good in the Beginning: Motivation

Over the last few years I have realized more and more how stressed and wound up I am. That was a really good insight. It helped me understand, why my mind is wild and agitated and that it is expected … Continue reading

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The Essence of Buddhist practice

The Buddhist teachings and practice are very rich and I often do not have time to practice as much as is ideally recommended. I have been introduced to many practices and often get overwhelmed when I try to do them … Continue reading

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