The Gradual Path Blog
Why I left the US and my Rebirth on Bali bali rebirth return with elixir tjok gde kerthyasa Jul 03, 2023

My family and I are enroute back to the United States for the summer break. It’s been a year since we relocated to Bali, and I’m in a reflective mood. I’m often asked why I left in the first place and what life on the sacred island has been like?

 

One reason I left the US...

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Lam Rim on the Road: Severed butterflies death freedom koh pha ngan life of milarepa rebirth relationships shadow Feb 17, 2022

Part One in a Mini-Series on Death & Rebirth

As I reflect on a term I heard in a documentary yesterday, “reemergence,” a small, delicate object lands on the table. It looks like a leaf or flower. Wind from the fan blows it onto the ground. Something pulls me to look at it again. I...

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The Defects of Samsara | Step 13 of Awakening in 30 Steps death eight worldly winds lam rim rebirth samsara six types of suffering Jul 27, 2021

The Defects of Compulsive Life Inspire Disinterest.

It’s not that life is suffering, it’s that the compulsive, mindless, unconscious life called samsara is suffering. In order to prompt our waking up from the long sleep we are asked to take a sobering inventory of just how...

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Preciousness of Human Life Inspires Appreciation | Step 9 of Awakening in 30 Steps eight freedoms infinite life preciousness of life rebirth ten fortunes virtue Jul 20, 2021

Life is beginingless and consciousness is infinite.

Over the course of evolution our karma has compelled us to ascended and descend to various pleasant and unpleasant states of existence. But fundamentally we have always been trapped in a condition of blindness, not knowing who we really are,...

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The Two Causes of Refuge confidence faith fear infinite life lam rim rebirth refuge samsara Oct 10, 2020

Think about the worldly refuges first. The worldly things that we take as our refuge, as our sources of comfort, our sources of guidance. 

The iPhone... food... the doctor... Netflix... friends and family... fishing... leisure activities...

How well a source are they for the ultimate or...

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