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The Spiritual Lessons Of Falling Trees

We should also realize that crises are not an unusual visitation, but a normal part of life. Rather than ask, “Why did this happen to me?”, we do better to simply accept that it has happened, that crises happen to everyone and just get on with learning to deal with it and move on. In any life, we can expect a smooth period where all goes well, followed by an unexpected crisis. You get over the crisis, and recover that smooth road… and then you get hit by another crisis. Sometimes, you get more than one at the same time.

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You Will DEFINITELY Die – And You Could Die Today!

There is only one certain fact, and that is that every one of us will die one day. Yet, most of us go about our lives as if death only happens to other people. As yòung people, we feel immortal. As we get older, we study ways to prolong our lives through exercise, diet and a range of other precautions. Our society goes to incrèdible lengths to conceal death from us. It is even possible to go for many years in the West, even an entire lifetime, without ever seeing a dead person.

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The Buddhist Metta Meditation For Inner Peace And Happiness

One of the most powerful and transforming meditations in Buddhism is the Metta meditation, also known as the Loving Kindness Meditation. If you practice this meditation regularly, it will fill your heart with Love and Compassion, both for yourself and for other people. It is very simple, and yet extremely powerful. Moreover, it is a meditation you can do whilst formally seated for meditation, or at any point throughout the day, in the midst of the daily rush.

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The Game Of Life & Death

It is often said in spiritual teachings that the world is an illusion, suffering is unreal, and that Good and Evil are dualistic fantasies. Doubtless, this is all well and good. Yet, how do we reconcile this with the fact that all of this seems very real indeed to the vast majority of us? As I pondered this one day, an interesting metaphor came to my mind that might well go some way towards illustrating this...

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The Tibetan Art Of Tonglen

Tonglen (sometimes spelled "tonglin" for folks who would like to do some research of their own) is apparently a practice that comes to us from Tibet. It is practiced entirely through breathing. As the fellow in the book (cited below) says, "If you can breathe in and out, you can practice tonglin." As you inhale, you think of people you want to help who are suffering. You can visualize those people if you know them, or think of their names and locations if you do not. You may work on specific problems, or do general work.

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