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My First Retreat – Part 3

| October 12, 2017 | 2 Comments
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)

| October 12, 2017 | 2 Comments
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

| October 12, 2017 | 2 Comments
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

| October 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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Secular Buddhism: Divisive Criticism Instead of Collaborative Dialogue Once Again

| September 24, 2017 | 39 Comments
Secular Buddhism: Divisive Criticism Instead of Collaborative Dialogue Once Again

Many years ago I took lifetime precepts at Bhavana Society under Bhante Gunaratana, and have renewed them several times. One in particular is challenging me lately: Pisunavacha veramani sikkahapadam samadiyami. I take the precept to abstain from divisive speech. It’s with a heavy heart that I continue to stumble in this, especially in response to […]

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Practice Circle: Autumn and Impermanance

| September 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: Autumn and Impermanance

We’ve crossed the Equinox, and here in the northern USA where I live, the arrival of autumn is unmistakable. Green leaves dry and are touched with orange, red and gold. The evening turns cool and dark. Soon the lush profusion of life will give way to the barren cold of winter. It’s a very good […]

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Reason and Practice

| September 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
Reason and Practice

Bodhidharma, the great master who delivered the Meditation School of Buddhism to China, said that there are really two gates that lead us to the path to awakening. He called them the Gate of Reason and the Gate of Practice. The Gate of Reason is realizing through instruction and/or study, coming to understand our true […]

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