Ira Rechtshaffer

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“Meditation is an expression of tender courage. It suggests that it is refreshing to meet the nakedness of situations with your own nakedness, here and now. Outside of nowness we fail to genuinely appreciate our lives because we are struggling to survive in time, projecting ourselves into the future or attempting to resolve the past.”
Ira Rechtshaffer, Mindfulness and Madness: Money, Food, Sex and the Sacred

“Every culture through which Buddhism radiated its wisdom shaped the enlightened one’s message to the mentality of its populace, and by doing so, offered novel and fresh opportunities for his dharma to shine through. In the present cross fertilization of East and West, contemporary Western culture and the ancient tradition of Buddhism are shining a light on each other’s blind spot. Something very unique in the history of spirituality is being born.”
Ira Rechtshaffer, Mindfulness and Madness: Money, Food, Sex and the Sacred

“Without the ordinary stuff of our daily life with all of its complications and irritations, there is no dharma path of spiritual practice.”
Ira Rechtshaffer, Mindfulness and Madness: Money, Food, Sex and the Sacred

“Let us not think that because we are less brutal, less violent, less inhuman than our opponents we will carry the day. Brutality, violence and inhumanity have an immense prestige that schoolbooks hide from children, that grown men do not admit, but that everybody bows before. For the opposite virtues to have as much prestige, they must be actively and constantly put into practice. Anyone who is merely incapable of being as brutal, as violent and as inhuman as someone else but who does not practice the opposite virtues, is inferior to that person in both inner strength and prestige, and he will not hold out in such a confrontation.”1

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“Meditation is an expression of tender courage. It suggests that it is refreshing to meet the nakedness of situations with your own nakedness, here and now. Outside of nowness we fail to genuinely appreciate our lives because we are struggling to survive in time, projecting ourselves into the future or attempting to resolve the past.”
Ira Rechtshaffer, Mindfulness and Madness: Money, Food, Sex and the Sacred

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