Reflections from Gil

The Buddha’s Way of Speaking

The Buddha’s Way of Speaking [2019]

In an extended discussion of the Buddha’s ethical behavior, the suttas contain the following description of how the Buddha speaks.  On Sunday, December 1 I read this as part of a talk addressing one of the most important visibly public issues of our times, i.e., how we speak to each other in our society. Buddha’s Way of Speaking Abandoning false speech, The Buddha refrains from false speech. A truth-speaker, He is reliable, trustworthy, non-deceptive. Abandoning malicious speech, The Buddha refrains…

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Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to the New Website [2019]

I am happy to celebrate the launching of IMC’s new website by expressing much gratitude to all the people who have contributed to our previous website and now to the new one.  Our previous website grew gradually in content and pages so that plenty of our material was tucked away, unnoticed.  We hope that with the new design much more of the website is easily accessible. You are encouraged to explore it. We have added this “Reflections from Gil” section…

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Buddha’s Teachings on Mindfulness

Buddha’s Teachings on Mindfulness [2017]

The Buddha’s Teachings on Mindfulness By Gil Fronsdal What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a Teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, Ānanda. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, Ānānda, do not delay, or else you will regret it later. This is my instruction to you.     (MN 152.18) The image that most universally represents Buddhism is that of the Buddha meditating.  Without…

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The Buddha as a Chaplain

The Buddha as a Chaplain [2016]

  Reading the Middle Length Discourses as a resource for chaplains by Gil Fronsdal “A being not subject to delusion has appeared in the world for the welfare and happiness of many, out of compassion for the world, for the good, welfare, and happiness of gods and humans.”                                                                …

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