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  1. Stepping Out of Self-Deception

    Stepping Out of Self-Deception

    The Buddha's Liberating Teaching of No-Self

    • by
    • Rodney Smith
    Anatta is the Buddhist teaching on the nonexistence of a permanent, independent self. It’s a notoriously puzzling and elusive concept, usually leading to such questions as, “If I don’t have a self, who’s reading this sentence?” It’s not that there’s no self there, says Rodney Smith. It’s just that the self that is reading this sentence is a configuration of elements that at one time did not exist and which… Read More

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  2. Unlearning Meditation

    Unlearning Meditation

    What to Do When the Instructions Get In the Way

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    • Jason Siff
    When we meditate, our minds often want to do something other than the meditation instructions we've been taught. When that happens repeatedly, we may feel frustrated to the point of abandoning meditation altogether. Jason Siff invites us to approach meditation in a new way, one that honors the part of us that doesn't want to do the instructions. He teaches us how to become more tolerant of intense emotions, sleepiness,… Read More

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  3. Turning the Wheel of Truth

    Turning the Wheel of Truth

    Commentary on the Buddha's First Teaching

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    • Ajahn Sucitto
    Buddhist teachings like the eightfold path, the four noble truths, and karma pervade Buddhist literature—but how often do we read what the Buddha himself had to say about these topics? Here is an accessible look at the Buddha’s First Discourse, which contains the foundation for all further Buddhist teaching. Ajahn Sucitto offers a new translation of this revolutionary teaching, known as The Discourse That Sets Turning the Wheel of… Read More

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  4. Practicing the Jhanas
  5. The Experience of Samadhi

    The Experience of Samadhi

    An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation

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    • Richard Shankman
    Dharma practice comprises a wide range of wise instructions and skillful means. As a result, meditators may be exposed to a diversity of approaches to the core teachings and the meditative path--and that can be confusing at times. In this clear and accessible exploration, Dharma teacher and longtime meditator Richard Shankman unravels the mix of differing, sometimes conflicting, views and traditional teachings on how samadhi (concentration) is understood and taught.… Read More

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  6. The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.

    The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.

    Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America

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    • Bhante Walpola Piyananda
    Truth is regularly stranger than fiction for the abbot of a Buddhist temple in the far-from-tranquil inner city of Los Angeles, California. Whether he is talking a dangerously unbalanced man out of buying a gun, confronting a naked woman in his meditation hall, or helping gamblers reform, Bhante Walpola Piyananda demonstrates that every experience can be an opportunity for learning and appreciating the Buddha's teachings. Bhante Piyananda also reflects on… Read More

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  7. Insight Dialogue

    Insight Dialogue

    The Interpersonal Path to Freedom

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    • Gregory Kramer
    Insight Dialogue is a way of bringing the tranquility and insight attained in meditation directly into your interactions with other people. It’s a practice that involves interacting with a partner in a retreat setting or on your own, as a way of accessing a profound kind of insight. Then, you take that insight on into the grind of everyday human interactions. Gregory Kramer has been teaching the practice (which he… Read More

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  8. The Dhammapada

    The Dhammapada

    A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations

    The Dhammapada is the most widely read Buddhist scripture in existence, enjoyed by both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. This classic text of teaching verses from the earliest period of Buddhism in India conveys the philosophical and practical foundations of the Buddhist tradition. The text presents two distinct goals for leading a spiritual life: the first is attaining happiness in this life (or in future lives); the second goal is the achievement… Read More

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  9. Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away

    Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away

    Teachings on Impermanence and the End of Suffering

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    • Ajahn Chah
    Ajahn Chah (1919–1992) was admired for the way he demystified the Buddhist teachings, presenting them in a remarkably simple and down-to-earth style for people of any background. He was a major influence and spiritual mentor for a generation of American Buddhist teachers, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, and Jack Kornfield. Previous books by Ajahn Chah have consisted of collections of short teachings on a wide variety of subjects. This… Read More

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  10. Breath by Breath

    Breath by Breath

    The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation

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    • Larry Rosenberg
    Freedom from suffering is not only possible, but the means for achieving it are immediately within our grasp—literally as close to us as our own breath. This is the 2,500-year-old good news contained in the Anapanasati Sutra , the Buddha's teaching on cultivating both tranquility and deep insight through full awareness of breathing. In this book, Larry Rosenberg brings this timeless meditation method to life. Using the insights gained… Read More

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