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A Culture of Awakening

| July 15, 2014 | 2 Comments
A Culture of Awakening

At the end of May I attended a four day workshop at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe called “A Culture of Awakening.” It was led by Stephen Batchelor with Roshi Joan Halifax. I will try to discuss the ideas presented and my impressions of them. For those that are interested, all seven of the […]

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Practice Circle: Mindfulness of the Body

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: Mindfulness of the Body

Even as one who encompasses with his mind the mighty ocean includes thereby all the rivulets that run into the ocean; just so, O monks, whoever develops and cultivates mindfulness directed to the body includes thereby all the wholesome states that partake of supreme knowledge. One thing, O monks, if developed and cultivated, leads to […]

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Practice Circle: Right Intention, Right Speech

| June 19, 2014 | 2 Comments
Practice Circle: Right Intention, Right Speech

Others may use these five modes of speech when speaking to you — speech that is timely or untimely, true or false, gentle or harsh, with a good or a harmful motive, and with a loving heart or hostility. In this way, monks, you should train yourselves: ‘Neither shall our minds be affected by this, […]

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Practicing with Technology

| May 21, 2014 | 3 Comments
Practicing with Technology

We recently did a survey among people who had signed up for Practice Circle to find out their most and least favorite things about our online mindfulness group.   The likes were all over the map, but thankfully they were many: respondents rated Practice Circle 7.3 on a 10 point scale, with only 3 of 19 ranking […]

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Practicing Non-Self, III: Cultivating the Heart

| May 7, 2014 | 5 Comments
Practicing Non-Self, III: Cultivating the Heart

All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? . . . For your brother is like you. He wants to be happy. (Dhp 129 – 130, Byrom) This happened to me last Sunday afternoon. I had just returned […]

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Practicing Non-Self II — Six Elements Meditation

| April 27, 2014 | 5 Comments
Practicing Non-Self II — Six Elements Meditation

This is the second of three articles on applying the principle of anatta, non-self, to our dharma practice. The articles support the next few sessions of the SBA Practice Circle, which meets via online video conferencing at 8 pm Central on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. If you’d like to come experience […]

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Running on Emptiness: A Layman’s Take on the Two Truths

| April 14, 2014 | 23 Comments
Running on Emptiness: A Layman’s Take on the Two Truths

I was first introduced to the Two Truths doctrine with the common simile of the wave and the ocean. Phenomena, including my own sense of self, were like waves on the ocean, perceived by everyday persons like me as discrete things and not merely the temporary manifestations of the ocean that they actually were with […]

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