Sister Ocean

Sister Ocean

Sister Ocean is a Canadian nun ordained in the Vietnamese Zen tradition. She lives in the United States, and writes for Buddhistdoor Global about mindfulness practice in daily life. Mindful Living is discontinued but you can continue reading the column articles below.

Are You Sure?

Sacca, or truthfulness, is the seventh of the ten paramis, or perfections. We usually think of truthfulness in relation to speech, and this is the basis for

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Patience is Power

Water falling, drop by drop, will fill even a large pot.Likewise, the wise (one), accumulating good, little by littleBecomes goodness itself. The Dhammapada (Maitreya 1995, 34)

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Inner Goodness: The Perfection of Morality

In last month’s column, we explored the first parami (Skt. paramita, or “perfection”) of dana (“generosity”), so we are now ready to explore the second, sila, which translates as “morality” or

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The Perfection of Giving

“If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of selfishness

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Driving at Night

The American novelist E. L. Doctorow once wrote that writing is “like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but

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Airbrushing our Heroes

Last month, we explored self-acceptance as the ground of making resolutions for the New Year. This month, I’d like to go deeper into self-acceptance by

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Enough

Today we began our Winter Retreat, the equivalent of the Rains Retreat, which dates back to the time of the Buddha. In our community, it

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