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Effort to go beyond oneself, the necessity of renonciation

Thomas a Kempis : The Imitation of Christ

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According to our resolution so is the rate of our progress, and much diligence is needful for him who would make good progress.  For if he who resolveth bravely oftentimes falleth short, how shall it be with him who resolveth … Continue reading

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Empty Cloud : In the pure single-mindedness of my meditation

Empty Cloud  A Chinese Zen Master (1840-1960) Long before the time of his death in 1959 at the venerable age of 120 on Mount Yun-ju, Jiangxi Province, Master Xu-yun’s name was known and revered in every Chinese Buddhist temple and … Continue reading

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Edward Salim Michael : exercise in the street

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While he is walking in the street, he will need not only to be continually listening to the particular sound within his head and his ears mentioned earlier, but he must also, while he is looking at anything, try to … Continue reading

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The Buddha speaks : The right method

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A puzzled seeker asked the Buddha : “I have heard that some of your disciples meditate with expectations, others meditate with no expectations, and yet others are indifferent to the result. What is the best ? The Buddha answered : Whether … Continue reading

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Edward Salim Michael : Changing the past

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As the past and the future converge at every instant in the present, the seriousness with which a motivated aspirant accomplishes his spiritual practice in the present (meditation or other exercises) is not only tracing the future for him, but … Continue reading

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Imitation of Christ – Thomas a Kempis –

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According to our resolution so is the rate of our progress, and much diligence is needful for him who would make good progress.  For if he who resolveth bravely oftentimes falleth short, how shall it be with him who resolveth … Continue reading

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Ayya Khema : The benefits of Metta meditation

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Metta is greatly helped by meditative insights that show us that our separation from one another is an illusion. When we discover that all of us are parts of the same whole, and when we actually feel that in meditation, … Continue reading

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When you are walking, know that you are walking

Walking meditation in the Theravada tradition – The power of attention

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Swami Ramdas : There is no greater ennemy than lazyness

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Meditation at stated times and remembrance of God at all times is necessary in the case of all sadhakas. Conceive a thirst and hunger for God. Feel discontented for want of that hunger. A lukewarm desire does not result in … Continue reading

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Edward Salim Michael : The fight to master the mind

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The aspirant must realise, that, whichever spiritual path he is committed to, there can be no guarantee in succeeding to know, in a veritable way, the Infinite dwelling in him. Among all those who followed a given path, very few … Continue reading

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