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Right Concentration Extras

Right Concentration Extras

What are the so-called “formless jhānas” or formless attainments in meditation? That’s one of the questions left on the cutting room floor after my video on Right Concentration. We’ll also tackle the question of how concentration meditation has tended to be sidestepped in a modern context.

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What is Right Concentration?

What is Right Concentration?

The last stage along the Eightfold Path is Right Concentration. What sort of skills did this imply, at least in the context of early Buddhism? We will look at some of the Buddha’s famous similes in order to make sense of the training.

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Buddhist Economics?

Buddhist Economics?

We look at Buddhism as an approach to economics, following two recent books: The Buddha on Wall Street by Vaddhaka Linn, and Buddhist Economics by Prof. Clair Brown. We will consider whether what they propose is really Buddhist, and whether it’s really economics. And we’ll consider whether in the end it matters.  

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What is Right Mindfulness?

What is Right Mindfulness?

Mindfulness meditation is increasingly popular nowadays, but its roots go back to early Buddhist texts associated with the seventh stage along the Eightfold Path. We will delve a little into these texts and attempt to flesh out the key aspects of mindfulness meditation in the early tradition.

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Episode 279 :: Spring Washam :: A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Wisdom, and Courage in Any Moment

Episode 279 :: Spring Washam :: A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Wisdom, and Courage in Any Moment

Spring Washam Spring Washam returns to speak about her upcoming book, A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Wisdom, and Courage in Any Moment. One of the many ways in which contemporary culture may be a bit different from that of the Buddha’s time, is the breadth of different cultures available to those interested in the dhamma. […]

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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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Practice Circle: Autumn and Impermanance

Practice Circle: Autumn and Impermanance

We’ve crossed the Equinox, and here in the northern USA where I live, the arrival of autumn is unmistakable. Green leaves dry and are touched with orange, red and gold. The evening turns cool and dark. Soon the lush profusion of life will give way to the barren cold of winter. It’s a very good […]

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Reason and Practice

Reason and Practice

Bodhidharma, the great master who delivered the Meditation School of Buddhism to China, said that there are really two gates that lead us to the path to awakening. He called them the Gate of Reason and the Gate of Practice. The Gate of Reason is realizing through instruction and/or study, coming to understand our true […]

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Practice Circle: Keeping Your Practice Together

Practice Circle: Keeping Your Practice Together

I won’t bore you with the details, but 2017 has been a tough year for me. Job loss, unemployment, an auto accident, the stress of adjusting to a demanding new job, physical injury, and more — it’s all come one after another. Dukkah, thick and fast. And, just as I needed my practice the most, […]

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Three Paths for Secular Buddhists

Three Paths for Secular Buddhists

Introduction As secular Buddhism has become an increasingly prominent trend in the U.S., it’s a good time to reflect on the diverse paths being taken by those of us who identify as secular Buddhists.  While these paths are not mutually exclusive and thus practitioners may be involved, to some extent, in all of them, they […]

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Practice Circle Live: Lake Meditation

Practice Circle Live: Lake Meditation

This guided meditation was recorded live at Practice Circle on August 27, 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: 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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