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Practice is Weeding

| May 17, 2018 | 0 Comments
Practice is Weeding

Daily practice along the path is like weeding our yard. Weeds tend to sprout if the ground lies unattended, but by diligent effort we can make a difference. We’ll consider that metaphor in this video. Check out my Patreon page!  

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Is Nirvana Indescribable? Is it Permanent?

| May 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Is Nirvana Indescribable? Is it Permanent?

Nirvana or the awakened state is often said to be indescribable, and typically understood as permanent. We’ll consider both of these claims, and look at a neat thought experiment by philosopher Frank Jackson along the way. Suttas mentioned: The Unconditioned (SN 43.12, 14-43)  (The rest of this sutta appears not to be available online). The […]

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Controversies Over Clothing and Food

| May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
Controversies Over Clothing and Food

Some of the Buddha’s dictates over clothing and food became controversial in the early history of the saṅgha. Indeed, aspects of them are still controversial today. We’ll discuss those controversies in this video in their historical context and consider how we might approach them today. Suttas mentioned: Āmagandha Sutta (Snp. II.2): Jīvaka Sutta (MN 55): […]

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Clothes and Identity

| May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Clothes and Identity

One way we create our identity is with our clothes. Here we’ll discuss robes that traditional monastics use, and consider how they differ from the clothing that the rest of us use. We’ll also consider ways that we can make contemplation of clothing a part of our practice. Check out my Patreon page!

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Secular Practice with Images and Rituals

| April 30, 2018 | 4 Comments
Secular Practice with Images and Rituals

Many of us have questions about including images or rituals in secular Buddhist practice. We may find the idea congenial, on the other hand we may have an aversion to traditional forms of practice, or indeed we may come from a different religious background altogether. In this video we will consider adding chants, bells, incense, […]

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Breaking Our Sense Sphere Attachments

| April 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
Breaking Our Sense Sphere Attachments

What are the “sense spheres” and how do they get us attached in unskillful ways? How do we go about breaking these attachments? We’ll discuss all that in this video. Suttas referred to: Koṭṭhita (SN 35.232) Six Sets of Six (MN 148.28) Is There a Method? (SN 35.153) Check out my Patreon page!

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Kindness Towards Everyone?

| April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
Kindness Towards Everyone?

When we practice loving kindness, are we really supposed to direct kindness towards everyone? Does everyone really deserve kindness? We will look at the early texts as well as a recent article in Tricycle Magazine by scholar Andrew Olendzki. We will also consider some of the teachings of Socrates and the ancient Greeks. The Sutta […]

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