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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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Practice Circle: Keeping Your Practice Together

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: Keeping Your Practice Together

I won’t bore you with the details, but 2017 has been a tough year for me. Job loss, unemployment, an auto accident, the stress of adjusting to a demanding new job, physical injury, and more — it’s all come one after another. Dukkah, thick and fast. And, just as I needed my practice the most, […]

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Three Paths for Secular Buddhists

| August 28, 2017 | 12 Comments
Three Paths for Secular Buddhists

Introduction As secular Buddhism has become an increasingly prominent trend in the U.S., it’s a good time to reflect on the diverse paths being taken by those of us who identify as secular Buddhists.  While these paths are not mutually exclusive and thus practitioners may be involved, to some extent, in all of them, they […]

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Practice Circle: Lake Meditation

| August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: Lake Meditation

Continuing in our exploration of visualizations in contemplative practice, this Sunday at 8 pm CDST, Practice Circle will focus on the Lake Meditation. To join our video conference group, simply follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/968569855. Ted Meissner, MBSR teacher with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Center for Mindfulness at UMass, will be leading this session’s half hour guidance and […]

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