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  • Is Collecting Alms (Piṇḍapāta) Legal?

    7/12/2018 4:37:13 AM +00:00

    Collecting alms, also known as piṇḍapāta by Theravāda Buddhists, is a legal activity in the USA. There are some restrictions though. I spoke with a lawyer who seemed to know civil liberties quite well, but there are no guarantees with what I say. However, this information should make sense and seem legal to you. It is legal to ring the…

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  • A Walk In The Gardens

    6/25/2018 12:42:46 AM +00:00

      Hawaii Update #3, June, 2018 It has now been almost 10 weeks on the island.  My life is difficult, but it is very rewarding.  I get a chance to teach all the  people who donate rides and food to me.  I teach very deep things like mind moments and kamma for each mind moment and they all seem to…

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  • The Concept in Breath Meditation

    6/10/2018 5:15:26 AM +00:00

    The Concept in Breath Meditation The concept of the breath as it is used in meditation is not well understood.  We will discuss this matter in this small article. There are many methods concerned with the breath, but The Ancient Theravāda Commentaries say that one should focus at one area above the upper lip and at the exit of the nostrils.…

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  • When To Look At The Light

    5/24/2018 8:24:11 PM +00:00

    Is the light a Nimitta and when should one look at it? When one practices meditation based on the breath, it is possible for the light to come and when that happens and it is stable one can use that light to enter samadhi absorption concentration.  However, one should know when to look at the light and when not to…

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  • Kauai Update Part 2

    5/16/2018 9:49:02 PM +00:00

    Aloha! It has been a little over a month since I have been on the island of Kauai.  Things have been going well although my situation is still the same. I am still in a tent at Anini, but I have a new tent in Anini with a better view of the pristine Kauai shore!  Things are dryer than the…

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  • Meditation Visas

    5/9/2018 5:54:06 AM +00:00

    Many people are not aware that there is a thing called a Meditation visa.  If you would like to meditate for more than 30 days, a meditation visa is the way to go.  Otherwise, a tourist e-visa is more appropriate.  Follow the link here for a tourist e-visa and don’t go to any other place. A meditation visa is actually a…

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  • Kauai Update

    4/22/2018 6:37:33 AM +00:00

    Kauai Update April 22 Aloha! I have been in Kauai since April 9th. It has been a rough start but things are getting better everyday. If you have paid attention to the news, you may have noticed an unheard of 30″ of rain in 24 hours. Actually, there were several days of incredible amounts of rain, but only the third…

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  • Acapella Inertia MP3 Audio

    2/16/2018 10:00:26 PM +00:00

    A’capella Inertia Audio Story (free MP3 download) I have decided to make an audio version of this story. I started off by having a computer read this for the purpose of proofreading. Then I started reading it out loud. As I read it out loud with my own natural expressions, I thought that it might be better if an audio…

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  • A Tale of Love and Samādhi Explained: A’capella Inertia

    2/10/2018 11:06:33 AM +00:00

    A Tale of Love and Samādhi Explained: A’capella Inertia   A little Valentines story for all of you. The topside title is just a description of what the story is generally about. However, the real title of the story is called, “A’capella Inertia.” This is not a short one, but I think you will like this one very much. It…

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  • 17th Anniversary

    2/6/2018 8:08:42 PM +00:00

    It seems like that time has come up again. Time surely does happen and so does my anniversary. Now it is 17 years! As usual, for the disclaimer, I am only 11 Vassa in official years. But Wow! Now it is finally starting to seem like a long time! I have been blessed with a wonderful adult life. I worked…

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