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What is “Dharma”?

| July 10, 2017 | 3 Comments
What is “Dharma”?

What does the word “dharma” mean in early Buddhism? We will look at several ways it’s used in the texts, and discuss its importance. For further information, see Rupert Gethin, “He Who Sees Dhamma Sees Dhammas: Dhamma in Early Buddhism”. Journal of Indian Philosophy, 2004.  

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Q&A: Secular Monasticism and Choppy Videos

| July 6, 2017 | 11 Comments
Q&A: Secular Monasticism and Choppy Videos

Mixing things up here, today we’ll get into questions from a couple of viewers. One involves whether there is room for a kind of deep secular Buddhist practice akin to monasticism, and another deals with the way I’ve been editing these videos. Please let me know your thoughts as well in the comments below!

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Dealing with the Five Hindrances

| July 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
Dealing with the Five Hindrances

The five hindrances get in the way of our meditation, and get in the way of living wisely. Here we will look at them and at methods for dealing with them skillfully, mostly from the early tradition. A good source for information on the hindrances in early Buddhism is Anālayo’s book “From Craving to Liberation […]

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Thoughts on the Three Refuges

| June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
Thoughts on the Three Refuges

Traditional Buddhists often take the “three refuges”. What are they and can they be understood in secular terms?  

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What Did the Buddha Teach About Views?

| June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
What Did the Buddha Teach About Views?

The Buddha’s early teachings on non-clinging to views and opinions are some of his deepest and most profound, as well as being a little tricky to understand. For those interested in a very detailed look at the Buddha on views, do check out Paul Fuller’s book “The Notion of Diṭṭhi in Theravāda Buddhism”. Although it […]

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Video Extra: Vlog Experiment

| June 15, 2017 | 6 Comments
Video Extra: Vlog Experiment

Oy, OK this is another experiment. Mixing things up a bit, this is a bit of a “behind the scenes” vlog, talking about some history I’ve had finding my way with Buddhism and creative writing. OK don’t hate on me too much if vlogging isn’t your thing, I’m not big on talking about myself either! […]

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Some of Secular Buddhism’s Roots are in South Asia

| June 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
Some of Secular Buddhism’s Roots are in South Asia

Secular Buddhism has roots that go well back into 19th c. South Asia. We will look at some of that history here. For more on this general topic see: Secular Buddhism’s Roots in South Asia. Erik Braun’s book “The Birth of Insight” is a wonderful resource for the history of Insight or Vipassana Buddhism.

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