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Practice Circle 9/23: Finding Your Mindfulness Bells

| September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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A Buddhist Utopia from an Unlikely Source

| September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
A Buddhist Utopia from an Unlikely Source

In the 1890s Rudyard Kipling wrote “The Song of the Cities”, a poem comprising quatrains in which 16 of the chief cities of the British Empire report to London (and/or Queen Victoria). Most of them, it seems, are doing fine. A typical example is Singapore’s contribution : Hail, Mother ! East and West must seek […]

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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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Two Important (but Rather Overlooked) Episodes in Human History

| August 27, 2018 | 4 Comments
Two Important (but Rather Overlooked) Episodes in Human History

I Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta — Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion – Samyutta Nikaya 56.11 The End of the Buddha’s First Sermon The Buddha’s First Sermon is a very important event in human history indeed – but fortunately it cannot be said to have been overlooked. In it the Buddha expounds the Middle Way and […]

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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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Of Onions and Anatta

| August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
Of Onions and Anatta

Of all the central notions of Buddhism, anatta ‘no self’ is the hardest to understand. At least it is the most counter-intuitive. Of course I have a self! If I tread on someone else’s toe, I may feel apologetic but I do not feel pain. If someone else treads on my toe I do feel […]

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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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