Archive for August, 2008

The mind as illumination

This morning in meditation I had the following passage from the Anguttara Nikaya in mind:

And what is the development of concentration that, when developed & pursued, leads to the attainment of knowledge & vision? There is the case where a monk attends to the perception of light and is resolved on the perception of daytime [at any hour of the day]. Day [for him] is the same as night, night is the same as day. By means of an awareness open & unhampered, he develops a brightened mind. This is the development of concentration that, when developed & pursued, leads to the attainment of knowledge & vision.

Basically I was working in keeping in touch with the sense of light within the mind. It’s a fairly simple practice and also enjoyable. It does seem to me that the mind is internally illuminated, and that when I pay attention to that …

Posted at 10am on Aug 29, 2008 | no comments
Filed Under: Meditation & practice

Twitter Updates for 2008-08-28

  • @visuddhimati URL? #
  • Watched the first episode of ITV’s “Primeval”. It wasn’t fantastic but didn’t totally suck either. Henshall’s accent? Weird. #
  • Didn’t get any writing done yesterday because I was working on Wildmind’s newsletter. Very frustrating. Hoping to get more done today. #
  • I love writing. I hate starting writing again after an interruption. Causes despondency. #
  • Playing with SecondBrain. Still in beta – a few bugs. Looks like it might be useful. #
Posted at 11pm on Aug 28, 2008 | no comments
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Gail v. Frank

I hereby officially state that Gail Collins is my second-favorite columnist at the New York Times, after Frank Rich. Or maybe she’s my favorite and Frank’s in second place. Damn, I’ll get back to you on that one.

Anyway, here’s an example of why I like Gail’s writing so much:

Hillary looks 10 years younger than she did when she thought she was about to become the first woman president. She’s developed this … glow. It appears that not only does she possess superhuman resilience; she positively thrives on crushing disappointment.

Perceptive and funny.

Posted at 8am on Aug 28, 2008 | no comments
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Twitter Updates for 2008-08-27

  • Soy milk. Cookies. Frasier. #
  • Putting together Wildmind’s monthly newsletter. #
  • @rogerhyam I find the same with my blog posts. Need to work harder at appreciation! #
Posted at 11pm on Aug 27, 2008 | no comments
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Twitter Updates for 2008-08-26

Posted at 11pm on Aug 26, 2008 | no comments
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