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    The Paradoxical World of Spiritual Enlightenment: We are nothing but we are everything

    What Shakespeare Can Teach Us About Enlightenment

    When I was an undergraduate at university many years ago, my deep enjoyment and love for the works of William Shakespeare blossomed. I had the privilege of taking a Shakespearean class and then during one summer in my undergraduate years, I was able to travel through Europe inexpensively on a bike and a Europass to see the great sites. A memory I remember most is going to Stratford-upon-Avon and watching a William Shakespeare play. I don?t know where my passion and love for his plays comes from but it has been a deep part of my life. His writings have also taught me many things

    Action-Based Mindfulness


    Action-based mindfulness involves moment to moment awareness of everything that is happening around you NOW, and then reacting in a way that resolves whatever conflict presents itself in a determined and effective way. ‘Seeing clearly,’ ‘determined,’ and ‘effective’ are the operative words here.

    What Can Help Me Achieve Enlightenment?

    When it comes to living in the moment and being more enlightened, you might have some questions that you’d like answered. For instance, you might be saying, “Dr. Puff, how do I reach that point? Is there anything I can do to speed up the process of waking up and of having a life filled with the present?”

    Liberation - Philosophy Versus Buddhist Scriptures

    Liberation is the Third Noble Truth in Buddhism. From my experience, I say that realizing the experience of being free in daily life is significant to the spiritual path and becoming a mature and well balanced person. But when we examine what Buddhism says on this theme, and quote scriptures, does Buddhism display real philosophy?

    The Future of American Buddhism


    Much discussion is now going on in Buddhist circles about how Buddhism will develop in America, so here is my two cents worth. Historically, Buddhism has taken on the culture to which it has migrated, and I believe that American Buddhism will be no exception. I further think that American values will reflect deeply in the Buddhisms that eventually become “American Buddhisms.”

    Suffering ? Philosophy Versus Buddhist Scripture


    Suffering and the cause of suffering are the First and Second Noble Truths in Buddhism. From my experience, I say that these themes are significant to the spiritual path, personal growth and becoming a mature, well balanced person. But when we analyse what Buddhism says on these themes, and quote Buddhist scriptures, does Buddhism display real philosophy?

    Alms Giving in Thailand: An Experience of Selflessness

    Like a Californian autumn, the warm creamy Thai sun greets another day. It is only an hour past sunrise and the city of Bangkok is already buzzing like a honey bee in search of its divine nectar. In a mindful meandering, monks clad in brilliant saffron mix with the locals and parade down the sidewalk in contemplation of the nature of impermenance.

    Free Tibet, Save Tibet, Become Educated on the Issues


    Imagine having one of the most loving and compassionate people in the world as your leader and prime focal point. Someone who is both diplomatic and spiritual. Someone who laughs at how outdated war is and smiles at how powerful love is. Someone who neither is afraid to tell someone that they are wrong nor afraid to admit one's own errors. Someone who would rather rule with open arms rather than an iron fist. Now imagine that this leader is utterly powerless in his own country and photographed images of him are the equivalent of a prison sentence. This is a reality today and not the product of the imagination.

    Teaching Others How To Treat You

    Standing your ground is trivial and has very little to do with your inner strength. The truly enlightened and wise find their power in unconditional love. Who is right and who is wrong is spiritually insignificant. Truly powerful people seldom have any need for excessive self-defense or forcing their views upon others. It simply does not matter. Do you want to be right… or do you want to make a difference in the world?
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