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Brittle Metta

Brittle Metta

We may practice kindness, but anger and hatred will take over at times. We’ll deal with one syndrome involving anger and talk about ways to approach it that may be helpful. Thich Nhat Hanh on embracing anger Check out my Patreon page!

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Practice is Weeding

Practice is Weeding

Daily practice along the path is like weeding our yard. Weeds tend to sprout if the ground lies unattended, but by diligent effort we can make a difference. We’ll consider that metaphor in this video. Check out my Patreon page!  

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Is Nirvana Indescribable? Is it Permanent?

Is Nirvana Indescribable? Is it Permanent?

Nirvana or the awakened state is often said to be indescribable, and typically understood as permanent. We’ll consider both of these claims, and look at a neat thought experiment by philosopher Frank Jackson along the way. Suttas mentioned: The Unconditioned (SN 43.12, 14-43)  (The rest of this sutta appears not to be available online). The […]

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Controversies Over Clothing and Food

Controversies Over Clothing and Food

Some of the Buddha’s dictates over clothing and food became controversial in the early history of the saṅgha. Indeed, aspects of them are still controversial today. We’ll discuss those controversies in this video in their historical context and consider how we might approach them today. Suttas mentioned: Āmagandha Sutta (Snp. II.2): Jīvaka Sutta (MN 55): […]

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Episode 293 :: Bonnie Sumana Ryan-Fisher :: Mindful Moment: 52 Weeks of Mindfulness

Episode 293 :: Bonnie Sumana Ryan-Fisher :: Mindful Moment: 52 Weeks of Mindfulness

Bonnie Sumana Ryan-Fisher Bonnie Sumana Ryan-Fisher joins us to speak about her new book Mindful Moment: 52 Weeks of Mindfulness, Exercises and Reflections. When I first heard about secular mindfulness programs like MBSR, I had a judgmental reaction. This isn’t Sati, you can’t condense mindfulness into eight weeks, this is a watering down… all of […]

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Episode 292 :: David Wilmore :: Pranna Timer, Incense Meditation Timers

Episode 292 :: David Wilmore :: Pranna Timer, Incense Meditation Timers

David Wilmore David Wilmore speaks with us today about Pranna Timers, combining incense, art, and meditation. A long time ago I happened upon my favorite timer for meditation, and it’s never been replaced. In fact, I’ve bought a few more for myself and given others as gifts over the years. What’s unique about this is […]

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Episode 291 :: Anurag Gupta :: Unconscious Bias in Buddhism

Episode 291 :: Anurag Gupta :: Unconscious Bias in Buddhism

Anurag Gupta Anurag Gupta joins us to speak about how implicit bias has much to teach us about relating to one another in our sanghas. What biases do you have? What may come to mind when you hear that question may be a list of what is known to you, and it may be accompanied […]

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Episode 290 :: Bhikkhu Bodhi :: Buddhism’s Encountering of Social Crisis

Episode 290 :: Bhikkhu Bodhi :: Buddhism’s Encountering of Social Crisis

Bhikkhu Bodhi Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi joins us to speak about how Buddhism meets social crisis. Since the Buddha’s time, there has been a diversification and evolution of the sasana. The teaching encounters new people, new cultures, and becomes part of them. Fast forward thousands of years to the present day, and you have many different […]

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Buddha: The First Humanist?

Buddha: The First Humanist?

Robert Thurman is a noted author on Buddhist topics and Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. In 1990, the Humanist Association of Massachusetts invited Robert Thurman, Professor of Religion at Columbia University to lecture on the similarities and differences between Western philosophical Humanism and Buddhism. His talk was entitled Buddha: The First Humanist? […]

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5/13 Practice Circle: Trust

5/13 Practice Circle: Trust

When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday, May 13th, at 6 p.m. Pacific, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll explore one of the Attitudes of Mindfulness described by Jon Kabat-Zinn for the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. The attitude we’ll be discussing is that of Trust, and how it plays a role in contemplative practice. […]

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4/22 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Dharmas

4/22 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Dharmas

When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday, April 8, at 6 p.m. Pacific, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll conclude our four-part examination of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness by examining the Fourth Foundation, mindfulness of dharmas. The word dharma, or dhamma in Pali, has a number of meanings, but in this instance it refers […]

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4/8 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Mind

4/8 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Mind

I’ve been reading Beth Ann Mulligan’s The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness, which is impressive for the way she uses anecdotes from her secular MBSR course to illustrate basic Buddhist principles. In that spirit, when Practice Circle meets again this Sunday, April 8, at 6 p.m. Pacific, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll continue our four-part […]

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Buddha: The First Humanist?

Buddha: The First Humanist?

Robert Thurman is a noted author on Buddhist topics and Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. In 1990, the Humanist Association of Massachusetts invited Robert Thurman, Professor of Religion at Columbia University to lecture on the similarities and differences between Western philosophical Humanism and Buddhism. His talk was entitled Buddha: The First Humanist? […]

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Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

For those who don’t know, New Zealand has a lively Secular Buddhist community: http://secularbuddhism.org.nz/ http://www.onemindfulbreath.org.nz/ http://abet.nz/   Last month, the prominent Ramsey Margolis announced via his newsletter that he wanted to try to lead a free, online meditation using Zoom similar to SBA US’s Practice Circle. Not only had he gone out of his way to […]

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Practice Circle Live: The Benefactor Body Scan

Practice Circle Live: The Benefactor Body Scan

This guided meditation was recorded live at the SBA Practice Circle on October 22, 2017. If you’d like to learn more about why we developed this practice, and how you can join us at Practice Circle, you can read about it here. Transcription I’m Mark Knickelbine from the Secular Buddhist Association, and this is the […]

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Practice Circle Live: One Rare and Precious Life

Practice Circle Live: One Rare and Precious Life

This guided meditation on the Lojong slogan, “One rare and precious human life,” was recorded live at Practice Circle on June 11, 2017. To learn more about our online practice group, visit the Practice Circle Page.

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