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G. C. Pande’s Stratigraphic Criteria

Overview and critique of the methods presented by G. C. Pande for separating the Pali suttas into early and late material. Continue reading

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Getting the (Working) Mind to Empty

Personal productivity expert David Allen describes a type of distractibility very familiar to meditators—and diagnoses it as stemming from the attempt to manage too commitments in short term memory, which is poorly suited to the task. He thinks we can get to concentrated clarity and “flow” by managing those commitments outside the mind, in an external system reliable enough that the mind can trust it. Continue reading

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The Scent of Green Papaya

This movie presents a young Vietnamese girl who habitually meets the world with bright, steady, clear attention and just a trace of a Buddha-like smile. Continue reading

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