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Three Strategies for Watching the News

Three Strategies for Watching the News

The news nowadays can be pretty stressful and depressing for many of us. Are there any strategies we can use to lessen its psychological impact on us? I’ll outline three basic mindsets we can use, suggested by early Buddhist teachings, plus some additional thoughts.

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Is Secular Buddhism an Oxymoron?

Is Secular Buddhism an Oxymoron?

It may seem like “secular Buddhism” is an oxymoron, a kind of contradiction in terms. But this depends on how we understand secularism, and how we understand Buddhism. Both concepts have a wide range of senses, which we will explore.  

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Buddhist Fundamentalism

Buddhist Fundamentalism

Recent events, particularly those involving the Rohingya in Burma and the role of nuns in Theravāda Buddhism, raise the question as to what constitutes Buddhist fundamentalism, and whether and how it might be different from its Western counterpart. We will look at the issue in a broad overview. For further reading please see my earlier […]

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

We all like nice things, but our pursuit of them has important drawbacks. We’ll look at some of those here, as well as evidence of a transmission fluid leak that I’ve been dealing with for the past year. Oh well.

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Episode 280 :: Grace Schireson :: Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima

Episode 280 :: Grace Schireson :: Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima

Grace Schireson Grace Shireson joins us to speak about her teacher, from her new book Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima. The relationship between student and teacher within Buddhism is not quite like the relationship one develops, or doesn’t develop, with your math or economics teacher. It’s deep, it can be intense, heartwarming, […]

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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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My First Retreat – Part 3

My First Retreat – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a series of 3 articles.   For Part 1: http://secularbuddhism.org/2017/10/12/my-first-retreat-part-1-of-3-a-zen-sesshin-at-rocky-mountain-ecodharma/ For Part 2: http://secularbuddhism.org/2017/10/12/my-first-retreat-part-2-of-3/ …continued: Morning 3: This was the last day, a short day. And in everything, I “relaxed”… in a “bad way.” I think that one factor was a personal or internal one: all of the praise I got during Dokusan […]

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My First Retreat (Part 2 of 3)

My First Retreat (Part 2 of 3)

This is Part 2 of a series of 3 articles.   For Part 1: http://secularbuddhism.org/2017/10/12/my-first-retreat-part-1-of-3-a-zen-sesshin-at-rocky-mountain-ecodharma/ …continued: Day 2: We woke up at 5AM (successfully!), chanted, and sat (zazen). I couldn’t tell you much about what came up during that specific sit, but I do recall that most other retreat attendees took full advantage of any breaks to […]

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My First Retreat (Part 1 of 3) – a Zen sesshin at Rocky Mountain EcoDharma

My First Retreat (Part 1 of 3) – a Zen sesshin at Rocky Mountain EcoDharma

What do you call it when the food at the retreat doesn’t agree with you? 30 minutes of sh*tting meditation J/k lol, everyone. This joke (which has probably been thought of before) occurred to me during one of the breaks. I was resting in my room, and I overheard a woman whispering a remark to […]

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Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Sound

Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Sound

Stop what you’re doing right now, and just listen. Were you surprised by all you heard? Before you stopped to listen, you may have been completely unaware of all of the sounds going on. As soon as you directed your attention to them, there they were, loud and soft, far and near, pleasant, unpleasant and […]

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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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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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