Author Archives: erickvanhorn

This Blog Has Moved

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Being, Doing, And The Active Art of Meditating

Those of you who follow this blog know that I am at odds with many of the teachings of what is commonly called “Vipassana meditation.” I have been pleased in recent years to discover that I am not alone. Two … Continue reading

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Making a Difference

I am sitting here at the Starbucks in Mt. Laurel, NJ. A very dear old friend of mine from Cherry Hill committed suicide on Monday and I am here for the funeral. I first met Bill the summer after my … Continue reading

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Same old, same old

Life is mainly about what happens in your heart and mind. In Pāḷi there is a single word for “heart and mind”; that word is citta. When Henry David Thoreau was on his deathbed, his aunt – who today would … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Since my last post I have moved to New Mexico and become a part of the Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha. What I see there is the same thing that I see in other local groups and at retreats and anywhere that … Continue reading

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A Single Excellent Night

There is a lovely sutta (discourse) in the Majjhima Niaya called “A Single Excellent Night”. In it, the Buddha offers these verses: Let not a person revive the past Or on the future build his hopes; For the past has … Continue reading

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Honor The Hawk

I love the sound of hawks. That may sound strange, since I am a Buddhist, a vegetarian, a lover of life. And hawks are, of course, carnivores, raptors, killers of life. Bur hawks live simply in harmony with their true … Continue reading

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