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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 38 excerpt)

September 16, 2022

Story 38 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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The Buddha was also the first neuroscientist. He confirmed neuroplasticity, the mind's ability to change by restructuring itself at the neurological level. The Buddha altered his mind to such an extent that he transcended the final two complex, problematic stages of the thinking process. He declared himself enlightened, which is to say free from the shackles of greed, hatred, and delusion. This was proof positive, as James Olds, a professor of neuroscience, said, that the mind is not just plastic but “very plastic.” So much so that...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
5 minutes 56 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 37 excerpt)

September 09, 2022

Story 37 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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The Buddha was more scientist than spiritual seeker. He wanted to understand human suffering using himself, his body, and his mind as his laboratory. After many years of ascetic practices, while sitting under a pipal tree in Bihar in northern India, he took a vow not to move until his experiment gave up an answer. As dawn broke so did the yoke that tied him to this earthly realm. Enlightenment. He was now awakened. He was now the Buddha. The one who knows. And what does he ask of us? Reverence? Obedience? Blind devotion? Not at all. He asks...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
6 minutes 16 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 36 excerpt)

September 02, 2022

Story 36 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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One night a man lost his keys. He looked for them under a street lamp. A friend walked by, saw him looking for something, and asked him what he lost.

“My keys,” he replied.

“Oh,” said his friend. “Where did you lose them?”

“Over there. In the woods,” came the reply.

Stunned, the friend asked, “But why are you looking for them here?”

“The light is much brighter here!” the man replied.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
4 minutes 09 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 35 excerpt)

August 26, 2022

Story 35 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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For my father’s entire life, I was not a parent. In his presence I reverted to a child-like sense of entitlement. His world revolved around me and this, I thought, was how it should be. I had my family after he had passed away. And it was only as my boys got older and I dealt with all the practical aspects of child-rearing that I fully appreciated all my father had done. I loved him all the more and grieved his...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 26 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 34 excerpt)

August 19, 2022

Story 34 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Nature doesn't lie. It acts according to natural laws. And human nature, too, doesn't lie. It plays out as a series of causes and effects. If the inputs are negative, stifling, abusive, or spiteful, the immediate effects may be unpleasant. Even if there is no evidence of any negative aftermath, in time, inauspicious acts invariably lead to a myriad of unintended and unforeseen negative circumstances. Rare is it to find a criminal who doesn’t feel remorse about his deeds and who is not also suffering ten-fold due to substance abuse, turning as he would to...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
4 minutes 37 seconds

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The Buddha's Teaching on Non-violence by Paul R. Fleischman

August 19, 2022

This talk by Paul R. Fleischman was given at the 2022 virtual conference by The Association of Buddhist Care and Counseling. Paul's talk is titled "The Buddha's Teaching on Non-violence" based on his book The Buddha Taught Nonviolence, Not Pacifism.

Paul R. Fleischman
video host: John Freese
2022
20 minutes

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The Buddha Taught Nonviolence, Not Pacifism

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 33 excerpt)

August 12, 2022

Story 33 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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A healthy component of the practice is to stay awake to encroaching spiritual materialism. This danger begins to raise its head after you think of yourself as an experienced practitioner. You may judge your practice as quite advanced. You pat yourself on the back. You start acquiring compliments. Thoughts that you might teach someday may flutter through your consciousness. Don’t indulge in these meanderings. Keep an eye on them as you would a spot of crabgrass on an otherwise pristine lawn.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 15 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 32 excerpt)

August 05, 2022

Story 32 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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An abscessed tooth forced me out of my hut and into Bombay, as it was known then, to see a dentist. I had his name on a piece of paper and was assured he was ektampukkha, “a cheap but best” dentist. No one was in the waiting room, and he said he could take me right away, two facts that should have warned me to be careful. Once I was in the chair, he quickly concluded my tooth was...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 25 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 31 excerpt)

July 29, 2022

Story 31 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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I had an aunt who lived on a forty-acre estate west of Toronto. The manor house was an Elizabethan structure with separate breakfast and dining rooms, a full maid's quarters, apple orchards, and a forest with deer and other wildlife. In the late afternoon we would dress for tea and retire to the screened porch off the living room. My aunt would put Mozart on the hi-fi, and we would eat cucumber sandwiches. The tea service was...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 19 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 30 excerpt)

July 22, 2022

Story 30 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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When you find yourself in a hole, first stop digging. Trite but true, when we find ourselves in this predicament, we need to lay down the activities that led us to be that deep in the hole. When I found myself in an alcohol-induced hole, I let all the alcohol-related activities go. These included for a time even good friends...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 37 seconds

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