Mark Knickelbine

Mark J. Knickelbine, MA, C-MI, is a writer, editor, political activist, and certified meditation instructor. "Buddhism Without Beliefs" and "The End of Faith" led him to seek out a dharma practice without the supernatural beliefs of traditional Buddhism. He found it at a local health clinic, where he learned mindfulness in the manner of Jon Kabat-Zinn. He has
continued to study texts from the Pali, Chan and Zen traditions, and he is an active member of the mindfulness community at the UWHealth Department of Integrative Medicine. Mark is a member of the SBA board and serves as Practice Director.

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Practice Circle 9/23: Finding Your Mindfulness Bells

| September 20, 2018 | 1 Comment
Practice Circle 9/23: Finding Your Mindfulness Bells

When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday evening, September 23, at 6 pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central and 9 Eastern time, we’ll explore ways to bring our mindfulness and compassion skills into every day life.  To prepare, I thought I’d share this article, which I originally wrote in 2014. Click here this Sunday evening […]

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9/9 Practice Circle: Loving Kindness

| September 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
9/9 Practice Circle: Loving Kindness

When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday evening, September 9, at 6 Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central, and 9 pm Eastern time, we’ll share one of the core practices of both Buddhism and secular mindfulness practice: metta, or loving kindness, meditation. To prepare, I thought I’d share this article I originally wrote in 2012. You’ll […]

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8/26 Practice Circle: Getting Out of Default Mode

| August 23, 2018 | 1 Comment
8/26 Practice Circle: Getting Out of Default Mode

I have tended to give concentration practice short shrift. To me, devotion to intense concentration – jhana practice, long sesshins, and the like – seemed like spiritual calisthenics, meditation for its own sake, another skill to attach the ego to. Coming out of the vipassana-influenced MBSR tradition, I thought the tangible benefits of exploring the […]

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10/12 Practice Circle: Soften, Soothe, Allow

| August 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
10/12 Practice Circle: Soften, Soothe, Allow

How do we deal with truly difficult emotions when they arise in our daily life? Can we meet them without being overwhelmed or using distraction or numbing to avoid them? When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday evening at 6 Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll share another practice from Kristin Neff […]

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7/22 Practice Circle: Befriend Yourself

| July 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
7/22 Practice Circle:  Befriend Yourself

This Sunday, July 22, at 6 pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, Practice Circle will explore the practice of unconditional friendliness towards the self. Amy Balentine will be leading a meditation taught by Pema Chodron. In this straightforward practice, we will be invited to bring a quality of clear seeing and gentleness […]

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7/8 Practice Circle: A Compassionate Friend

| July 6, 2018 | 0 Comments
7/8 Practice Circle: A Compassionate Friend

In a world in which hatred and blame seem to be winning, where can we find compassion and acceptance in the face of life’s suffering? We have a compassionate resource always available in our own hearts – in fact, the only place we can ever experience compassion is within ourselves. When Practice Circle meets again […]

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6/24 Practice Circle: More Mindful Self-Compassion

| June 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
6/24 Practice Circle:  More Mindful Self-Compassion

I’m eager to share some of the many very useful practices I learned while being trained in the basics of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) by its originators, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, at a recent two-day workshop. This Sunday, June 24, at 6 pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, Practice Circle will explore […]

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