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To be means to inter-be

Many people think that to be empty means not existing. But it’s not true; emptiness does not mean nonexistence.  In sutra we recite, “Form is emptiness, and emptiness is form”.  There is a glass which is not empty because it has some tea in it. Another glass has no tea inside. To be empty or […]

The first eight exercises of mindful breathing

In the Mindfulness of Breathing text, the Buddha proposes 16 exercises on the subject. It’s very practical, and everyone can do it. It’s not complicated and the effect of the practice is noticeable after just an hour or two. These are the first four exercises of mindful breathing recommended by the Buddha so that we […]