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Spiritual Materialism

| November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Spiritual Materialism

What is spiritual materialism and how can it get in the way of our progress along the path? Spiritual materialism is a concept that originates from the Tibetan teacher Chögyam Trungpa. We’ll look at three different aspects of it, and discuss what an alternative approach would look like.

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“MADbrewed”: a livestream where Mara plays through D&D adventures

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
“MADbrewed”: a livestream where Mara plays through D&D adventures

  https://www.twitch.tv/marvicitv Every Thursday at 7 PM EST (US)     I just wanted to let the Sangha know that I’m part of a Dungeons and Dragons game called “MADbrewed” that streams live on Twitch every Thursday at 7 PM EST (US). The character I play is Mara… as in an incarnation of that MARA […]

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Judgment and Non-Judgment

| November 16, 2017 | 2 Comments
Judgment and Non-Judgment

It is critical to our progress along the path that we make lucid judgments about skillful and unskillful thoughts and behaviors. At the same time though we are often enjoined to pursue a kind of non-judgmental awareness. How are these recommendations reconciled? Or are they completely at odds? We will look at this question in […]

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What is the Present Moment?

| November 13, 2017 | 36 Comments
What is the Present Moment?

The present moment, the “now” is often made the focus of our intention and practice, for many very good reasons. In this video we will turn to some of the more philosophical aspects of the present moment, in order to investigate certain problems that arise with it. At the end we will turn to practical […]

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The Five Precepts

| November 9, 2017 | 10 Comments
The Five Precepts

The five precepts are the basis of Buddhist ethics, particularly as practiced in a lay context. What are the precepts, how should we think of them, and how should we use them as practice?

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Why Read Early Buddhist Texts?

| November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Why Read Early Buddhist Texts?

Why and how should we read the early Buddhist texts? We’ll go through three reasons to read them, and outline three strategies to use when approaching them. Four texts to start with: (1) The Buddha’s “First Sermon” (2) The Kālāma Sutta (3) The Water Snake Sutta (4) The Dhammapada (There is also a very good translation […]

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Spiritual Bypassing

| November 2, 2017 | 6 Comments
Spiritual Bypassing

Spiritual bypassing is a condition we can all fall into from time to time, even those of us who do not see ourselves on a “spiritual” path. What is the condition and how can we strive to avoid it?

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