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Leigh Brasington on the Jhanas

Leigh  studied the jhanas with the late Ven. Ayya Khema, who authorized him to teach retreats on the jhanas. He was also empowered to teach by Jack Kornfield. He teaches numerous jhana retreats throughout the year, at venues that include Cloud Mountain, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Gaia House, Vallecitos, and Southern Dharma. Right Concentration is his first book.



Temple Boy and Spitting Cobra

In the Cool Shade of Compassion
In the Cool Shade of Compassion: The Enchanted World of the Buddha in the Jungle

Do not take revenge. It is a good thing that the snake missed you. This indicates that in a previous life you did not kill the snake. Do not create a karmic link. Let the snake go. And extend metta to the snake . . .

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Interview with Seattle IMS Founder Rodney Smith

An Interview with Rodney Smith, author of Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart

Shambhala: In your new book you take on the possibly daunting task of describing what enlightenment is and how it happens. To what extent can it even be described?

Rodney Smith: I think the words used to describe awakening can intimate something that we all feel is true though we may not have had the actual experience. When this book speaks of the paradigm shift toward nonseparation, many of us feel that possibility deeply within our hearts. We may even have had glimpses of that very perception, but few of us live continually within that reality, and that is where the real journey begins. In some ways the spiritual journey directs us toward a deeping faith. In the beginning we apply ourselves based on an indescribable ...

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Peace, Love, & Compassion Trio

Peace, Love, and Compassion Trio

The Peace, Love, and Compassion Trio is a short series on changing our inner lives in order to effect real change in our world. In each of these short, new editions, Pema Chödrön speaks with simplicity, guiding you through her teachings on how to use loving-kindness and compassion to achieve peace in your life and community.

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