What does it mean to achieve emotional balance? Does it mean to not feel strong emotions ever after? Or is one’s emotional life so well-lubricated that one can slide effortlessly in and out of a feeling state without ever being tripped over? Is that what we want, in the first place?
Whenever I come across the translation term, meditative stabilization, for the Sanskrit word, samadhi, it always strikes me as such a mouthful of multiple syllables. Such is the tough job of translation–being faithful to the original and meaningful to the new audience at the same time. Quite often, it pleases neither.
In my brief survey of the different mental factors presented in the Buddhist teachings, I have arrived at a famous one: mindfulness (Skt., smrti; Tib., dran pa). A casual search on Google should easily return 13 millions entries related to this term. In a way, it is wonderful that something so closely connected to [...]
When things are going well in our life, I think it is not so difficult to find our footing and stand firm on our principles. It is when we are challenged by the changes and uncertainties in life that we may feel the ground beneath us has somehow become shifting sands; like it or not, [...]
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