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Practice Circle: See Confusion as Buddha

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: See Confusion as Buddha

I love the Tibetan Lojong slogans because so many of them provocatively explore the dharma from angles that we can tend to overlook. I often initially react negatively toward them, because they are trying shock us into understanding our practice in new ways. The slogan we will work with at Practice Circle on July 23, […]

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Practice Circle Live: Make Practice Your Whole Life

| July 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
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: Stay Close to Your Resentment

| July 7, 2017 | 7 Comments
Practice Circle: Stay Close to Your Resentment

One of the interesting things about working with the Tibetan Lojong slogans is the way they so often seem strangely counterintuitive. The slogan we’ll be working with this week at Practice Circle is a good example: “Stay Close to Your Resentment.” What? As good Buddhists, aren’t we supposed to be releasing our clinging to illusory […]

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Three Marks of Existence, or Three Factors of Human Experience?

| June 26, 2017 | 1 Comment
Three Marks of Existence, or Three Factors of Human Experience?

Introduction Along with the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, one of the core beliefs of Buddhists is the notion that there are three basic characteristics or “marks” of existence – dukkha (suffering), anicca (impermanence), and anatta (not-self). In the Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta and other discourses the Buddha avoided entering into a debate over […]

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Practice Circle: Make Practice Your Whole Life

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: Make Practice Your Whole Life

Those of you who have joined us at Practice Circle lately know that we have been working with the Tibetan Lojong text, fifty-nine slogans that present seven points of training the mind. There have been countless commentaries on the Lojong text; the one we’ve been working with is Norman Fischer’s wonderful Training in Compassion: Zen […]

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Tragedy Led Me To The Dharma

| May 24, 2017 | 3 Comments
Tragedy Led Me To The Dharma

I sometimes think the deaths of my parents led me directly into Buddhism. When I was fourteen years old my dad was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was in his early 50s. I remember when he told me. He had been having stomach problems for a while and he saw a doctor and they found […]

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On Mettā

| May 21, 2017 | 5 Comments
On Mettā

Where do the instructions for mettā practice come from? The suttas give relatively little instruction on what actually to do, beyond generating universal good will that we find in the Mettā Sutta (Sn. 143-152), and the practice of focusing on each direction, in an oft-cited pericope: [W]ith his heart filled with lovingkindness, he dwells suffusing […]

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