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What is Right Speech?

What is Right Speech?

What did the Buddha have to say about right speech? It was more than just “Don’t lie.” Some of his conclusions may be helpful to us today in a world of instant communication, both one-to-one and one-to-many.

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Vlog: Cults and Weird Buddhism

Vlog: Cults and Weird Buddhism

Today I’ll discuss some experiences with a teacher of mine who was in a couple of cults, plus an example of weird Buddhism that provides a bit of a lesson.  

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What is Right Intention?

What is Right Intention?

As we traverse the path, the quality of our intention is of great importance. What are the three key aspects of Right Intention? We’ll try to answer that question in this video. Thanks for watching!

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What is Right View?

What is Right View?

The first step along the Eightfold Path is Right View. We will see that Right View has three interrelated aspects, all of which are key to unlocking its secrets. For a very in-depth, scholarly treatment of the subject, see Paul Fuller’s book The Notion of Diṭṭhi in Theravāda Buddhism.

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Episode 278 :: Reva Patwardhan :: Cultural Appropriation

Episode 278 :: Reva Patwardhan :: Cultural Appropriation

Reva Patwardhan Reva Patwardhan joins us to speak about her article, The Freedom Trap: Where Conversations About Cultural Appropriation Go To Die. There’s a lot of talk about cultural appropriation lately, and much of it has been just that — talk, not conversation, not engagement, and very rarely dialogue. The topic is very difficult to […]

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Episode 277 :: Kyira Korrigan :: Working with Hatred

Episode 277 :: Kyira Korrigan :: Working with Hatred

Kyira Korrigan Kyira Korrigan joins us to speak about working with hatred. Think back to a time when you were really, really angry. What was that like, how did it feel? Constricted or open, heavy or light, calm and peaceful or agitated and perhaps even violent? And perhaps most important, what were your words and […]

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Episode 276 :: Éowyn Ahlstrom :: Embodiment

Episode 276 :: Éowyn Ahlstrom :: Embodiment

Éowyn Ahlstrom Éowyn Ahlstrom joins us to speak about embodiment in Buddhism, and secular mindfulness programs. There’s a word that confused me a great deal when it continued to show up in dharma talks, and in secular mindfulness programs. The very concept of embodiment was foreign to me. Of course you may be thinking that […]

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Episode 275 :: Innen Ray Parchelo :: Walk Like A Mountain: The Handbook of Buddhist Walking Practices

Episode 275 :: Innen Ray Parchelo :: Walk Like A Mountain: The Handbook of Buddhist Walking Practices

Innen Ray Parchelo Innen Ray Parchelo speaks with us about the interbeing of contemplative walking. Chances are if you are on a silent meditation retreat, the primary focus is sitting practice. Not just on retreats, either; sitting has a dominant focus in contemplative practice, interspersed with periods of short walking which seem geared to loosen […]

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Practice Circle: Mountain Meditation

Practice Circle: Mountain Meditation

Visualization can be a powerful tool in meditation, and one of the visualizations used by both traditional Buddhists and MBSR practitioners is “becoming the mountain.” This Sunday at 8 pm CDST, Practice Circle will share a mountain meditation based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. I hope you’ll join us! To join our video conference […]

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Practice Circle: See Confusion as Buddha

Practice Circle: See Confusion as Buddha

I love the Tibetan Lojong slogans because so many of them provocatively explore the dharma from angles that we can tend to overlook. I often initially react negatively toward them, because they are trying shock us into understanding our practice in new ways. The slogan we will work with at Practice Circle on July 23, […]

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Practice Circle Live: Make Practice Your Whole Life

Practice Circle Live: Make Practice Your Whole Life

This guided meditation was recorded live at Practice Circle on June 25, 2017. If you’d like to learn how to join our online dharma practice group, check out the Practice Circle Page.

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Practice Circle: Stay Close to Your Resentment

Practice Circle: Stay Close to Your Resentment

One of the interesting things about working with the Tibetan Lojong slogans is the way they so often seem strangely counterintuitive. The slogan we’ll be working with this week at Practice Circle is a good example: “Stay Close to Your Resentment.” What? As good Buddhists, aren’t we supposed to be releasing our clinging to illusory […]

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Practice Circle Live: Make Practice Your Whole Life

Practice Circle Live: Make Practice Your Whole Life

This guided meditation was recorded live at Practice Circle on June 25, 2017. If you’d like to learn how to join our online dharma practice group, check out the Practice Circle Page.

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Practice Circle Live: The Hindrances

Practice Circle Live: The Hindrances

This guided meditation on the Five Hindrances was recorded live at the SBA Practice Circle on May 14, 2017. It’s about 27 minutes in length. If you’d like to join us at our free online dharma practice group, you can learn more here.

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The Nonviolence Handbook: A Review

The Nonviolence Handbook: A Review

Buy at Amazon or Audible Buy directly at Metta Center for Nonviolence       You know those little games people like to post as their Facebook statuses? Well, last week, this one led me to “The Nonviolence Handbook… with a chainsaw.” Apparently, things either got out of control quickly or The Nonviolence Handbook is very […]

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Ten Minute Sit with Music

Ten Minute Sit with Music

This is a ten minute guided meditation with an ambient music soundtrack.  I’d be interested to hear if you like it and would like to hear more of this kind of track. 10 minute sit with music  

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