What are we doing?

Tonight I was chatting with a young man at a gas station convenience store.  It turns out that he works there from 5PM – 11PM then goes home for a short while before heading to his next job working at FedEx from 3AM – 8AM.  I know he is not that unusual, in the amount of effort he has to put into piecing together several jobs in order to create a “full-time job”.   Probably,…

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Five Implements of Skillful Means for Entry to the Dharma

Zeal, Vigor, Mindfulness, Discernment, Single-Mindedness These Five Implements were presented by Chih-i in his “Essentials for Practicing Calming and Insight and Dhyana Meditation” Zeal – First a person much possess the desire, the willingness to change something. Without this aspiring to change there is no initial cause for implementation. Vigor – Next a person must approach the task with effort, and a willingness to accomplish the task without letting up. Not being afraid to challenge…

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