Crossing the Realm of Death

n South Asia, during the rainy season, the monsoons rains come pouring down mightily and heavily. When the rains pour down, the rivers swell up and widen, and their current becomes fierce and tumultuous. Seemingly out of nowhere, many streams previously non-existent appear throughout the countryside. The water from the rainsweeps down over the mountains

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Our Mind Is Our Best Friend

Excerpt from a talk by Bhikkhu Bodhi (August 2, 2002) In our lives we often distinguish people as enemies and friends. We consider as enemies those people who are benton harming us, on doing some damage to us or to our loved ones. And we consider as friends those people who wish to benefit us,

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The Challenge to the Sangha in the 21st Century

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Speech Lanka Daily News, July 19, 2006 The Sangha — the order of fully ordained monks and nuns — is the visible representation of the Buddha in the world; for twenty-five centuries, it has sustained the continuity of the Dharma among humankind; by its procedures of ordination and transmission it ensures that

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The Problem of Conflict

It is one of the bitterest ironies of human life that although virtually all human beings cherish a desire to live in peace, we continually find ourselves embroiled in conflict, pitted against others in relationships marred by tension, distrust or open hostility. This irony is particularly poignant because it is immediately evident to us that

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Giving Thanks Without Forgetting Others

A Discourse on Thanksgiving Weekend given by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi I dedicate this essay to the memory of my closest friend, Ven. Bhikkhu Sumedha, who expired in Sri Lanka on Dec. 21, 2006, minutes after I finished writing it. I dedicate it to him as a true monk and visionary: cave-dwelling meditator, spiritual patron of

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