Food: Cookies ‘n’ Cream Parfaits

cookies and cream parfait
(Makes about 6 servings in 6 ounce glasses, or 4 servings in 10 ounce glasses)


16 fl oz whipping cream, cold
2 tablespoons sugar
2 (16 ounce) tubs all natural Belgian chocolate pudding*, divided use
24 all natural chocolate-vanilla sandwich cookies*, crushed into chunky consistency
1 (1ounce) square semi-sweet chocolate, to shave for garnish


-In the bowl of a mixer (or using a hand-held), add the cold cream and begin whipping; once thickened slightly, sprinkle in the sugar and finish whipping just until stiff peaks form; set aside for a moment.

-In medium-large bowl, add 2 cups of the chocolate pudding (reserving the remaining pudding) and begin adding the whipped cream to it in several increments, gently folding in to keep a fluffy and light consistency, as this is the “chocolate mousse” part of the dessert; once all whipped cream is incorporated, set aside and prepare glasses.
To Assemble (for 6 servings in 6 ounce glasses):

-Begin by adding equal amounts of the crushed cookies to the bottom of each glass (about 3 tablespoons), next a layer of chocolate pudding (about 3 tablespoons), and next a layer of the “chocolate mousse” (about 3 tablespoons); repeat this process again for each glass, with another layering of crushed cookies, then the pudding, then the “chocolate mousse”, finally finishing with a final sprinkling of crushed cookies and a decorative dollop of “chocolate mousse”; garnish by shaving a little of the semi-sweet chocolate square with a vegetable peeler over the tops of each glass; refrigerate until ready to serve, or serve immediately.
To Assemble (for 4 servings in 10 ounce glasses):

-Follow assembly instructions above only increase the quantity of each layer to about 5 tablespoons in order to fill each glass.

*Trader Joe’s “Belgian Chocolate Pudding” (or any “ready made” chocolate pudding) and “Chocolate-Vanilla Bean Joe-Joe’s” Sandwich Cookies.


How To Maximize the Experience of Eating Fruit

Most people think that eating fruit along with their main meals is a good way to stay healthy.  However, without properly understanding the body’s digestive cycle over a 24 hour period, many people consume fruit in a manner that will bring them little nutritional benefit.  Let’s examine this notion more closely.

Having lots of fruit with your main meals, or eating it as a desert after meals, is not the ideal way fruit should be eaten.

Below are good guidelines for giving your body the maximum nutritional benefit from eating fruit.

Always eat fruit on an empty stomach. You can do this at any time during the day, as long as it is on an empty stomach.

After eating fruit, wait at least 30 minutes before consuming other foods besides fruit.

After you have had a proper meal, leave at least three hours before you eat any fruit. This will ensure that the previous meal has left the stomach and putrefaction and fermentation of that meal in the stomach can be avoided.

For maximum benefit, consume mainly fruit before noon.

Never eat fruit along with other foods. Fruit should only be eaten on its own.

Never eat fruit as a dessert, after a meal.  Your meal is often composed of dense, complex carbohydrates and proteins.  Fruits are lighter and digested faster than denser foods, consequently, they do not get digested well after your stomach is already working on pasta, rice, meats and the like.  Therefore, you waste much of the opportunity for the body’s maximum absorption of the fruit’s nutritional benefits when making fruit your dessert.

Avoid fruits like bananas and avocados in the morning because they are heavy foods and tax the digestive system in the morning. These can be eaten after noon, when the body is in the appropriate digestive cycle for such foods to be eaten.

If you feel hunger during the morning, eat fruit and keep eating portions of fruit until your blood sugar level goes back to normal and your hunger disappears.

Eat only organic fruit … to the best of your ability to find authentically organic.

Avoid processed, cooked, or canned fruit. These contain large amounts of sugars, additives and other undesirables.

Fruit is digested in the intestine and not in the stomach.  Fruits are rapidly digested and go through the digestive system in approximately 30 minutes.

The brain runs on glucose.  Fruit is the most efficient source of blood sugar.  With sufficient fruit consumption your blood sugar levels normalize, allowing your body’s hunger mechanism to be properly regulated, thus circumventing  over-eating and obesity.



lanai“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is the thirst of people for an easier life. But there is a trade-off between peace and convenience.

Experiment with such trade-offs between peace and convenience in your own life. What could be changed and what left alone to flower in its own way?


Daily Words of the Buddha ~ June 26, 2014

happy facesSace labhetha nipakaṃ sahāyaṃ
saddhiṃ caraṃ sādhuvihāridhīraṃ,
abhibhuyya sabbāni parissayāni,
careyya tenattamano satīmā.

If for company you find a wise and prudent friend
who leads a good life,
you should, overcoming all impediments,
keep their company joyously and mindfully.

Dhammapada 23.328

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

New Moon June 2014

Curious about this New Moon? Check out the astrology and how it might impact your life here.


Here is the chart for the New Moon of June 2014:

2014-06-25 23_50_43-NewMoon

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This New Moon comes only a few days before the Mercury Direct Station.  That leads me to believe that taking a few risks to “push things forward” during the “storm period” after the direct station might be worthwhile.  (The details depend on your personal chart.  This is just a general statement.)  However, Saturn is on the 7th house cusp (if you live in DFW), and Jupiter appears to be in an intercepted house.  So taking risks in personal relationships, with higher education, publishing, or law would likely be ill-advised.  What probably would work would be “risks” involving efforts to improve health, poetry, photography, and possibly mentoring those in closely knit relationships.

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6 Bodily Tissues That Can Be Regenerated Through Nutrition


“6 Bodily Tissues That Can Be Regenerated Through Nutrition,” by Sayer Ji

“It may come as a surprise to some, especially those with conventional medical training, but the default state of the body is one of ceaseless regeneration.  Without the flame-like process of continual cell turnover within the body – life and death ceaselessly intertwined – the miracle of the human body would not exist.

In times of illness, however, regenerative processes are overcome by degenerative ones. This is where medicine may perform its most noble feat, nudging the body back into balance with foods, herbs, nutrients, healing energies, i.e. healing intention. Today, however, drug-based medicine invariably uses chemicals that have not one iota of regenerative potential; to the contrary, they almost always interfere with bodily self-renewal in order to suppress the symptoms against which they are applied.

Despite the outright heretical nature of things which stimulate healing and regeneration vis-à-vis the conventional medical system which frowns upon, or is incredulous towards, spontaneous remission in favor of symptom suppression and disease management, over the course of the past few years of trolling MEDLINE we have collected a series of remarkable studies on the topic … ”

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This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. At a TEDx talk in 2013, he discussed how hacking his education is helping him achieve that goal.

Logan’s story can be seen in a similar light as Jacob Barnett‘s story who was first put in Special Ed by his school until he was pulled out of standard education and is now seen as an incredibly intelligent young person who is on track to winning a Nobel Prize one day.

More on Education & Homeschooling

Education is often considered the foundation for creating a well rounded and productive society, but this belief usually stems from being sure that those coming out of the education system are able to keep the cogs of society turning in order to maintain profit margins of large companies in a system that requires constant growth. Instead of having creative and out-of-the-box-thinking people, the current style of education creates more submissive, obedient and trained graduates so the current system is always maintained.

What this means is that standard education is focused less on each individual and their growth and more on creating a supply of worker bees that can go out into the world and follow within the confines the system sets out. Sir Ken Robinson gave a famous TED talk in 2007 where he discussed his beliefs about how education kills creativity. This TED talk is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time and  has inspired many to re-think the way we are educating our children. Since traditional education is still taking its time with adjusting, many are turning to homeschooling as a solution as it allows children to explore education much like Logan did.

Currently about 3.8% of children ages 5 – 17 are home schooled in the US. In Canada, that number drops to about 1%. This is a number that is expected to continue growing in both countries as more see the limitations of our current education system. Also, studies done in the US and Canada show that home schooled children out perform their peers from both private and public schools.

In my view, home schooling is much more likely to create a creative, adaptive, and forward thinking person who is less conditioned to think only within the small confines of a crumbling system. Does this mean it is for everyone and that one can’t turn out that way through standard education? No, I simply feel the chances are far greater with homeschooling.

My decision to leave school behind when I was in college came from the same beliefs I hold today about education. I felt confined within the system and I felt it wasn’t going to lead me somewhere I wanted to be. It didn’t matter whether I was studying business, engineering, marketing or music, I did not enjoy the methods and couldn’t see a way to change things except by leaving. Aside from what society would make us think, leaving education and a diploma behind was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made as I was then able to explore and learn anything I wanted without having to worry about a rigid structure which promotes memorization and useless testing. I believe we will be OK if we leave the current education system behind and choose other methods. This isn’t to say homeschool is for everyone, but I truly believe that a drastic, and I mean drastic, change in the way our education system functions needs to happen, and soon.


MIDDAY MEDITATION (7 mins.) – JERUSALEM, with Alpha Blondy




Barouh ata Adonaï
Barouh aba Yeroushalaïm

From the Bible to the Coran
Revelation in Jerusalem
Shalom, salamalekoum

You can see christians, jews and muslims
Living together and praying
Amen ! Let’s give thanks and praises

Barouh ata Adonaï
Barouh aba Yeroushalaïm

Jerusalem here I’am
Jerusalem je t’aime
Jerusalem here I’am
Jerusalem je t’aime

Israela yakirati
Israela yakirati
Ani ohév otarh
Israela yakirati

From the Bible to the Coran
Revelation time
Shalom, salamalekoum

You can see christians, jews and muslims
Living to gether and praying…
Amen ! let’s give thanks and praises

Barouh ata adonaï
Barouh aba yeroushalaïm
Jerusalem here I’am
Jerusalem je t’aime


Perfectly Flawed

Upon every person’s soul there are words written and words engraved.

The words that are written are not of the essence of the person — they come to the soul from the outside. Therefore, they may fade and fall away, perhaps to be replaced by other words.

The words engraved are of the soul itself — just as engravings are no more than the form of the stone. When the soul finds quietude, those words are there. And when the soul is in turmoil, or soiled by experience, those engravings need only be cleaned and uncovered. But they can never be torn away.

Those words engraved upon your soul, they are also engraved in a holy fire within the depths of the Soul of All Things. They are the same words that Moses heard and inscribed on stone and on parchment. And at times, when you immerse in the words of its sages, and you allow it entry to touch your soul, you may hear those words resonating inside.

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ June 25, 2014

Yo ca dhammamabhiññāya
dhammamaññāya paṇḍito,
rahadova nivāte ca
anejo vūpasammati.

Thoroughly understanding the Dhamma
and freed from longing through insight,
the wise one rid of all desire
is calm as a pool unstirred by wind.

Itivuttaka 3.92

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma,
compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika


The Meditation Experience

Meditation Map

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance.
Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back,
and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” ~ Buddha

Guided Meditation is a perfected technique designed specifically to maximize the speed at which you are able to progress to high levels of consciousness using Multi-Dimensional Meditation. Most will notice all the usual benefits of a meditation program immediately such as stress relief, lower blood pressure, and clarity of mind. As you continue, you will be practicing the very best techniques for energy building, Sixth sense development, and all the other things referred to in The Halau.

The Three Chakras of Focus

Throughout the meditation, you will focus only on the following three chakras:

1. the Base (your spiritual energy “power-station” center);

2. the Heart (your emotional feeling center and the seat of infinite compassion; i.e. a sense of oneness with all … Alisone); and

3. the Mind (your intuitive knowledge and psychic vision center).

By drawing in and processing the “pranic energy” of the Universe through these particular three chakras, you nourish and condition your ENTIRE spiritual body (including the four remaining chakras), fostering an incredible amount of inner balance within a short period of time. Each of the three chakras “program” the prana being taken in at that particular point in the meditation, “coloring” in for the specific purpose of that chakra’s function within the micro-universe that is the human body.

As you begin to feel activity within the chakras during meditation, you will notice some are stronger or weaker than the others (i.e. some are noticeably more active or less active as a physical sensation). Always strive for equal balance by giving the weaker chakras more time during the meditation (what we refer to as “calibration”). We also suggest that you spend some time during the day outside of your meditation focusing on your weakest chakra. This will help to strengthen it for the next meditation.

Focusing on the Touch

The technique of “focusing on the touch” is unique because it helps enable instant “non-thought”. If you are truly focused on the feeling of the touch of your two fingers on the chakra, the Babbler cannot invade your mind. If concentration diminishes, however, the Babbler can gain strength, quickly re-capturing your focus.

Focusing on the touch is unique compared to many other styles because it gives your brain something to focus on without using typical and less effective methods, such as visuals or vocally-generated tones; both of which can lead to increased babbling in your brain because both are brain-based practices. Finally, focusing on the touch enables a very deep sensory connection that quickly facilitates the emergence of the Sixth Sense, a critical goal of the meditation.

You are teaching your brain to think in another way using sensations, feelings, and frequencies – the touch! This is what “non-thought” truly is. Thinking without words. It isn’t “not thinking”.

When you begin to have experiences those experiences won’t be narrated to you through words, it will be through all the things you are learning just by doing the meditation.

The Babbler

Your organic brain has been freely babbling since you were young; e.g. words in your head as you think of things or review situations, songs, internal debates, etc. So, it’s no wonder it can seem challenging when you initially attempt to silence it. This babbling can manifest as mental chatter, vivid mental imagery or constant attention given to every itch or physical discomfort. For most people who meditate, including those who have been meditating for many years, the ability to quiet this internal ‘babbler’ is difficult to master. Don’t worry, the brain is extremely adaptable. In just the first month of using the Guided Meditation, most people report a significant decrease in babbler influence! Less mind chatter means more quality time in meditation.

In successfully silencing the Babbler, you will be able to enter into a state of “non-thought” clarity. In this program, “non-thought” refers to a state of mind identifiable by thought that is not rendered in “words.” The point isn’t that you do not think as much as that you are liberated from thought structured at the level of the organic brain. Thus liberated, you are free to think from much higher and quicker levels of your spiritual, energy-based mind.

When the Babbler emerges during a meditation, here’s how you deal with it:

1. Notice it.

2. Thank the part of you that noticed it and brought it to your attention.

3. Go back to focusing on the touch.


NOTE:  Be sure not to get frustrated or give the Babbler any more attention than that. This technique will rewire the brain to remove unnecessary chatter.

Are you ready for your meditation?  Good, let’s do it!

Spiritual Awakening ~ 6


The job that seemed so promising in the beginning now fails to fulfill an inner longing that the soul just cannot quite put his finger on.

The one raising children might have a wonderful relationship with the grown kids, but feels there is now another purpose calling her. (We have used the traditional male and female roles here, but we are quite aware the roles can be reversed.)



Daily Words of the Buddha ~ June 24, 2014

crossing over
Appamādaratā hotha!
Duggā uddharathattānaṃ,
paṅke sannova kuñjaro.

Delight in heedfulness!
Guard well your thoughts!
Draw yourself out of this bog of evil,
even as an elephant draws itself out of the mud.

Dhammapada 23.327

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,

translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita



Spiritual Awakening ~ 5


Those souls who do decide to remain with the Earth are going through a spiritual awakening. For some, it begins with coming to a realization that there is more to life than the nine to five workplace and raising a family.

The popularized rite of passage known as the “mid-life crisis” is an example of a partial spiritual awakening that occurs in much of your population.



Spiritual Awakening ~ 4


Because Earth’s own survival is now threatened (from a lower density point of view), a series of Divine Dispensations have been granted, allowing the Earth to move into fourth density.

This implies that only those souls vibrating at fourth density and above will be allowed to incarnate on Earth from this point forward (from December 21, 2012 onward).


Spiritual Awakening ~ 3


Yes, you have souls from every conceivable level of consciousness here, from extremely ignorant to sublimely enlightened.

You also have souls who have dedicated themselves to paths of darkness and so-called “evil.” In this case, the word “evil” means, “Having a conscious intent to hold souls back on their spiritual evolution.”



Spiritual Awakening ~ 1


Those souls moving on into fourth and fifth densities will undergo a profound spiritual awakening. Since about 1950, at the start of the Galactic Shift, a lot of souls have been experiencing higher states of consciousness.

For the most part, very few have been able to hold the higher frequencies due to the tremendous amount of negativity present on Earth.



Zen story ~ “Two Monks and a Woman”

two monks and woman

A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side.

The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman.

Then, without a word, the older monk picked up the woman, carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side, and carried her across the river, and carried on his journey.

The younger monk couldn’t believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless, and an hour passed without a word between them.

Two more hours passed, then three, finally the younger monk could contain himself any longer, and blurted out “As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?”

The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river, why are you still carrying her?”

This simple Zen story has a beautiful message about living in the present moment. How often do we carry around past hurts, holding onto resentments when the only person we are really hurting is ourselves.

We all go through times in life when other people say things or behave in a way that is hurtful towards us. We can chose to ruminate over past actions or events, but it will ultimately weigh us down and sap our energy.

Instead we can choose to let go of what doesn’t serve us anymore and concentrate on the present moment. Until we can find a level of peace and happiness in the present circumstances of our lives, we will never be content, because ‘now’ is all we will ever have.




Daily Words of the Buddha ~ June 23, 2014

face rose
Yañca kāmasukhaṃ loke,
yañcidaṃ diviyaṃ sukhaṃ,
kalaṃ nāgghanti soḷasiṃ.

Any sensual bliss in the world,
any heavenly bliss,
isn’t worth one sixteenth-sixteenth
of the bliss of the ending of craving.

Udāna 2.12

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu



I Ching For The Week of June 18, 2014

Gu#18 — Gu — decay/corruption/repair

Above: Gen quiet mountain; unshakable, steady, firm, and still

Below : Sun root; standing on a firm platform to achieve a slow and nourishing penetration into the heart of the matter.

The Wisdom:

There is one thing you can count on: all things change.
The root of the situation is breaking down.
This is in the natural order;
No blame, no fear, don’t try to stop it or slow it down.

In the past, when you have been confronted with situations that are falling apart and not working, you have called on tried and true methods to make repairs and clear the way. The old ways are no longer working, as times, energy, and world intent have drastically changed—and this is just the beginning

Dangerous times such as these bring opportunity for creative transformation. Take a look at the foundation of your creations. Examine your health, business, relationships, and state of mind to see if there is some hidden decay beginning to eat away at what you have built and worked so hard for. You are bound to find corruption at the foundation of your ways of thinking that must be repaired and renewed. If you do not see it or find it, you are either not looking hard enough or looking in the wrong places.

As you enter into the internal archeology of the heart and soul, you are getting the feeling of being thwarted in your movement forward and this is causing angst and fear to arise. The churning in the belly, or what you smell and feel burning like acid at the back of your throat is fear. This overpowering sense that is waking you in the night, or distracting you in your daily toil is a signal that you must call on all your resources to access those hidden recesses where there is decay or weakness in your matrix, so you can make a plan of reconstruction, change your ways of thinking and interacting with others, and embrace your fears until they turn into light. You are a light being, a spiritual warrior, now act like one.

Having a plan is vital now. In the original text of the oracle, the Yi Jing, the ideograms for this hexagram indicate to “wait three days” before you make any move to repair the decaying components. The reference to “three days” means a period of contemplation, meditation, and concentration. This is good advice as the weirdness of what is going on is not like any other time. Normally when we spot something that is out of order, our first thought is to move immediately to fix it. In this situation, however, that would not be of benefit as things are not normal. They are, in fact, strange, very strange. If you move too quickly, you will glide over the fine points that need attention, or you may, in your hurry to get out of the discomfort of disrepair, totally miss seeing the actual, true root of the corruption, as it may be masked by pain and suffering. It may be an idea has been corrupted, or it may be that a person involved in your plan has been corrupted by greed or infatuation, or it may be you. Whatever the case, you are called upon to move without fear as the spiritual warrior into the heart of the matter and thoroughly look to your own actions to see that you are not being spurred on by fear, avarice, or greed.

Note well that three days is a brilliant metaphor for slowing down, going into contemplation, and being mindful. In actuality you can do this in just one session of stillness. The important thing is to not jump in too fast. Take your time and open your heart. When you find an aspect of your situation that brings up fear or shame, then you’ve hit on it—this is exactly where you need to address the present breakdown of your very foundation and beliefs. Now go into it heart first. It may mean a change of approach or way of thinking. It may mean rooting out people or situations that are not in harmony with the true you at this time. This is the action that brings change for the better, which places you right where you need to be to work for your own clarity, and for progress in your relationships with tribe and associates.

Everything that manifests as reality begins as a thought form—everything. And we are suffering and living under a very screwed-up view of what reality really is. So in a very real sense you are what you think: Change your way of thinking. This is a time of great opportunity. If you miss this train it will not serve you well; it could, in fact, destroy what you hold close as your wisdom and truth. Do not fear admitting that you totally bought into the global lie; this isn’t about beating yourself up. To the contrary, you have only to admit this to yourself, and then take action to correct your habitual, programmed thinking. No worries about timing; you are right on time.

Be unrelentingly honest with yourself about your recent behavior and ways of thinking. Look at the problems of the past and how your patterned thoughts (and those of the collective tortured reality), stale and childish bad habits, and fear of being your authentic self have held you back and have placed a burden on others and made them miserable. No blame, you can change it up now. You have a window of opportunity now to recognize these negative attitudes, actions, and beliefs and replace them with the truth you are channeling and believe it. Timing and consideration are of utmost importance, as this cycle will soon end and a new one will begin. So, start now.

Look into the past
And examine what has
Led to this period of dissolution.
Liberate negative emotions by acknowledging them.
The words you think are much more powerful then the words you say.

A great and joyous transformation awaits you on your path. Do not let what lies ahead daunt you or cause you to stop because of fear of failure or fear of success. Look evil in the face and raise a swift metaphoric or real kick to the groin.

To make your foundation strong and steady at this important juncture, look to what led you here. From this vantage point you can see clearly where you diverted from the path of authenticity and truth. Then, apply the antidote. And yes, you have it. The greatest curative is an open heart, where your thoughts have no judgment or blame, of either self or others. And when those little devils appear and appear, as they must at a time like this, recognize them, take a deep breath, and then do a ritual to let them go, using focused intent and the power of creative ceremony. Will them away. Your will and intent for the greater good will roll over any negative person, thought form, organized urban terrorists or the obstacles that society places in front of you to suck the fight out of you with its promise for greatness without work, riches that come easy or love that is too good to be true. And when you take the risk to do this, you will be free to give and receive love in grand measures as you proceed on your path toward bliss, accomplishment, and abundance in all things.

And know this: You do not have to come to a full stop in your life to accomplish the tasks before you. Proceed with your work and take time to have fun. Make time for finding yourself in joy. Dance with life and dance with love, as the full galactic universe is playing the tune, and all you have to do is shut up and listen and act on what you hear, see, and feel. Fellow pilgrims, we spiritual warriors are coming home. We are the Warrior Generation. Breathe it, feel it and be it…and the “it” of which I speak and write is Love.





Daily Words of the Buddha ~ June 22, 2014

joyous solstice

Sukhā matteyyatā loke,
atho petteyyatā sukhā,
sukhā sāmaññatā loke,
atho brahmaññatā sukhā.

In this world, good it is to serve one’s mother,
good it is to serve one’s father,
good it is to serve the monks and nuns,
and good it is to serve the holy ones.

Dhammapada 23.332

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita