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Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. You don't have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity.
Bhante Gunaratana
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Any action that comes from a mind not currently filled with greed, hatred, or delusion brings happiness to the doer and to the receiver. Such an action is, therefore, skillful or right.
Henepola Gunaratana
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The Buddha’s message was simple but profound. Neither a life of self-indulgence nor one of self-mortification can bring happiness. Only a middle path, avoiding these two extremes, leads to happiness.
Bhante Gunaratana
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The irony of it is that real peace comes only when you stop chasing it—another Catch-22.
Bhante Gunaratana
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Meditation changes your character by a process of sensitization, by making you deeply aware of your own thoughts, words and deeds.
Bhante Gunaratana
About the Bhavana Society

Traditions, Monastics & Community

The Bhavana Society is a community of monastics and lay people living according to the precepts and practices laid down by the Buddha, Siddhattha Gotama, over 2500 years ago.


Rare Things In The World

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World Peace Through Buddhist Philosophy

The Buddha as a realistic physician diagnosed that we are sick. He found the cause of our sickness…

The Buddha Through the Eyes of His Contemporaries

Buddha taught freedom of thought and freedom from all samsāric bonds in order to attain…

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Bhante Gunaratana: A Special Teaching on Mindfulness

Wisdom publication podcast episode with Bhante Gunaratana

Commemoration of the International Day of the Vesak at United Nations

A sermon was delivered by a scholar monk, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.

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