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we can’t breathe

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Amani Loutfy of Oakland, California reflects on the current protest movements spreading across the United States and it’s relationship with a meditation practice. we can’t breathe. On the cushion I sit with my breath to learn the nature of mind, and to connect myself to all other sentient beings. May we all be free from suffering, and from the nature of suffering. I have mostly questions today, in the morning light after a day and night of protests. I listen to the news and sip my coffee, count my blessings, practice on the spot with the aspiration that confusion dawn…

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Compassion and the Nature of Mind

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Since taking the bodhisattva vow in early 2009, I’ve been on the Mahayana path—the path of compassion. I dove into the first five years without hesitation, but for much of this year, I was in a mild spiritual doldrums. Without boring you with the details, I’ll mention that I felt unable to continue to approach the Mahayana path as I had been doing: very patient, self-sacrificing, and rather exaggeratedly tender and kind. To try to continue in this vein felt intensely unpleasant, a combination of phony and emasculating. The Mahayana practice I’ve been feeling burned-out on seems to be exactly…

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Sex in the Sangha

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I am passionate about sex. And it is not only engaging in the act itself, but delving into its history, its structure in different cultures and sub-cultures, and the infinite ways that it can manifest. Mankind’s pursuit of passion has literally led to the downfall of nations or, in some exceptionally fascinating cases, the achievement of enlightenment. Passion can be sparked by anything from full nudity to seeing a wooden spoon! For some this passion is incredibly strong, permeating (occasionally dominating) their lives, and for others it is marginal, if not (in the case of bona fide asexuals) completely absent….

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Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.

“We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.” T.S. Elliot I loved her deeply. There were times in the relationship where I would spontaneously break into tears out of how deep my emotions for her ran. I look back on this time and realize…

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