“My” Meditation Teacher: Bart van Melik

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. -- Anonymous Several years ago, I attended a Chinese-speaking temple for several months with our dear neighbor Melissa. The abbess and congregants went out of their way to ensure that I always knew what was going on by providing a translator for me, and they couldn't …

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The Good Book…and other good books

One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us. ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel My mother taught me to read before I started kindergarten. She set up a classroom in our garage, complete with a blackboard and flash cards. By the time I reached …

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Auspicious Birth — Part III

I hope that my regular readers are enjoying this series about bardo, the “transitional” state between lives. As you know, I am reprinting it with permission from a scholarly work entitled Auspicious Birth by Master Shi Zhiguo, a contemporary Chinese monk. For authenticity, as well as for the convenience of any subscribers who read Chinese, I am including …

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Auspicious Birth — Part I

This is the second post in a series about bardo, an “in between” or “transitional” state between lives. It is from a scholarly work by a contemporary Chinese monk, Master Shi Zhiguo, entitled Auspicious Birth. As you can see, I am including the Chinese source as well as the English translation. For additional background and context, please read Auspicious …

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