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

| April 14, 2014 | 9 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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Practicing Non-Self, Part 1

| April 9, 2014 | 28 Comments
Practicing Non-Self, Part 1

This is the first 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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Brahmali and Batchelor Debate

| April 8, 2014 | 2 Comments
Brahmali and Batchelor Debate

In my last post I looked at a talk given by Ajahn Brahmali on Secular Buddhism. Recently the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group released a debate that Brahmali had with Steven Batchelor on the same topic, which once again revolved around the central issue of rebirth. It raises interesting questions worthy of a follow-up post. (As in my […]

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The Buddha: Cooked or Raw?

| March 28, 2014 | 15 Comments
The Buddha: Cooked or Raw?

Reading the past is bit like interpreting a Rorschach test: the more distant the past, the blurrier the image, especially when the society in question was preliterate and archeological evidence is sparse. Over thousands of years the humidity of the plains of the Ganges River dissolved the mud, iron and wood that the people of […]

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Ajahn Brahmali on Secular Buddhism

| February 21, 2014 | 14 Comments
Ajahn Brahmali on Secular Buddhism

Ajahn Brahmali of Bodhinyana Monastery gave a talk on February 7, 2014 about Secular Buddhism. Brahmali is smart and well-spoken, and he represents a saṅgha that is at the liberal end of Theravadin monastic saṅghas (for example, they were instrumental in the ordaining of bhikkhunis, as against their more traditional Thai counterparts), so spending some time […]

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Year in Review :: 2013

| December 31, 2013 | 2 Comments
Year in Review :: 2013

Hi, everyone. I hope this finds you all happy, healthy, safe, and (this year) warm as 2013 draws to a close and we make plans for 2014. It’s been a productive and interesting year for the Secular Buddhist Association in a number of ways. New Volunteers We’ve benefitted from the audio mixing talents of Anthony […]

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Practice Circle: Tonglen for the Winter Solstice

| December 17, 2013 | 1 Comment
Practice Circle: Tonglen for the Winter Solstice

This week’s Practice Circle coincides with the weekend of the Winter Solstice, the darkest and coldest time of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere (mudita to our Aussie and Kiwi friends!)  I don’t know about you, but I always have a tangible felt sense of entropy about now.  The cold and […]

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