Tag Archives: suffering

Buddhism, Selflessness, Non-clinging, Power and Enabling

I cannot say I am typing this from the perspective of a papered, academic scholar or a person with some sort of lineage scroll to roll out. This may put me at a disadvantage for those who require it. Rather I speak from a meandering of experience wherein there are crossroads or events, like origami that fold over one another to reveal something else.

There is a gift to the concept of selflessness and non-clinging; the gift of relinquishing of pain. I came by it through training as an uchideshi (a live-in apprentice) at a traditionally run Aikido dojo. Continue reading

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Joe, Mara, Death, Clinging, Process

The following entry is not done with detached equanimity. It is written in the raw; with imperfection . I strive to do well and to be well but what follows is a stumbling block that I have yet to clear. The intention of posting is to hang it out in the proverbial sun and hopefully push myself farther along the proverbial road.

Five years. It’s been almost five years since an important human touchstone decided he’d rather annihilate himself than continue his existence. Continue reading

Pain versus Suffering

Dr. Kelly McGonigal studies the brain. She is is a senior teacher/consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. This brief talk discusses how mindfulness meditation [most closely related to Vipassana] is a useful tool for those who suffer from pain.