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Right Concentration Extras

| September 21, 2017 | 2 Comments
Right Concentration Extras

What are the so-called “formless jhānas” or formless attainments in meditation? That’s one of the questions left on the cutting room floor after my video on Right Concentration. We’ll also tackle the question of how concentration meditation has tended to be sidestepped in a modern context.

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What is Right Concentration?

| September 18, 2017 | 2 Comments
What is Right Concentration?

The last stage along the Eightfold Path is Right Concentration. What sort of skills did this imply, at least in the context of early Buddhism? We will look at some of the Buddha’s famous similes in order to make sense of the training.

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Buddhist Economics?

| September 14, 2017 | 9 Comments
Buddhist Economics?

We look at Buddhism as an approach to economics, following two recent books: The Buddha on Wall Street by Vaddhaka Linn, and Buddhist Economics by Prof. Clair Brown. We will consider whether what they propose is really Buddhist, and whether it’s really economics. And we’ll consider whether in the end it matters.  

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What is Right Mindfulness?

| September 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
What is Right Mindfulness?

Mindfulness meditation is increasingly popular nowadays, but its roots go back to early Buddhist texts associated with the seventh stage along the Eightfold Path. We will delve a little into these texts and attempt to flesh out the key aspects of mindfulness meditation in the early tradition.

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What is Right Effort?

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
What is Right Effort?

Right effort is one of the more overlooked aspects of the Eightfold Path but may also be one of the most important. We’ll discuss the four parts of right effort and how to distinguish effort from “efforting”.

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What is Right Livelihood?

| September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
What is Right Livelihood?

When looking at right livelihood within Buddhism, traditionally there are five prohibited livelihoods. However there is also a great deal of interesting additional material about inappropriate livelihoods for monastics, as well as a couple of wrong livelihoods for laypeople that the Buddha was reluctant to discuss. We’ll go over it all! It’s worth pointing out […]

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Q&A: Video Music and Nonself Vlogging

| August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
Q&A: Video Music and Nonself Vlogging

So I’ll be asking you folks a question to start with, and then we’ll consider the issue of doing a vlog while taking the Buddha’s notion of non-self seriously. Are the two compatible or not?

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