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Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

| December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

For those who don’t know, New Zealand has a lively Secular Buddhist community: http://secularbuddhism.org.nz/ http://www.onemindfulbreath.org.nz/ http://abet.nz/   Last month, the prominent Ramsey Margolis announced via his newsletter that he wanted to try to lead a free, online meditation using Zoom similar to SBA US’s Practice Circle. Not only had he gone out of his way to […]

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Improve Views On And Interactions With African Americans

| July 8, 2015 | 8 Comments
Mindfulness Meditation Can Improve Views On And Interactions With African Americans

Recently, the US media has focused on violence against African Americans – specifically by various police departments. The focus has lead to a lot of anger and a lot of opinions – but what is the TRUTH of these situations? Maybe we’ll never know for sure, but a leading suggestion is that there’s some kind […]

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Practice: The Four Strivings

| January 23, 2013 | 9 Comments
Practice: The Four Strivings

When we practice, we strive to become proficient. The Sanskrit term for meditation, “bhāvana”, actually means “development” or “cultivation”, near synonyms for “practice” itself. Indeed, meditation is central to the Buddhist path: to meditate is to develop wholesome mental states through mindfulness and concentration. In the Cūḷavedalla Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya 44.12), the lay follower Visākha […]

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Practice: Working with the Hindrances

| January 15, 2013 | 3 Comments
Practice: Working with the Hindrances

The first and biggest problems we all have in meditative practice are those constant bothers that the Buddha termed “hindrances”, clouding the clear water of awareness. He counted five, usually translated: sensual desire, ill-will, restlessness, sloth-and-torpor, and doubt. When I first heard these, I wondered, why these five? They sound like a miscellaneous grab-bag of […]

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Strategies of Secular Buddhist Practice

| January 9, 2013 | 26 Comments
Strategies of Secular Buddhist Practice

As Ted Meissner and Mark Knickelbine have been emphasizing, practice is an essential part of any Secular Buddhist path. But it took me quite awhile to find my way to a really worthwhile practice. For many years I followed a Zen-based form of what I would term ‘free form’ meditation, oriented around samādhi, or focus […]

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Weekly Practice (Causes & Conditions)

| March 15, 2012 | 1 Comment
Weekly Practice (Causes & Conditions)

Last week we began our exploration of the first noble truth, dukkha, or suffering. We have a good idea of what suffering is and that there is more to it than we may have initially thought. But one of the amazing things about Buddha’s teachings was that he didn’t stop there. Instead, he explored deeply into the processes that cause suffering to arise. This week we are going to dig into the second noble truth, the causes and conditions of suffering.

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Weekly Practice (Dukkha, or Suffering)

| March 8, 2012 | 4 Comments
Weekly Practice (Dukkha, or Suffering)

We’ve covered a lot of ground in these Weekly Practices, and now you should have a good idea of what mindfulness and concentration are and how meditation develops both. We’ve also looked closely at the impermanence of everything, including the five aggregates that we tend to mistake for a static self. Lastly, we took a good look at craving and attachment.

This week we’ll examine dukkha, often translated as suffering. Dukkha is also the third mark of existence and the subject of the noble truths.

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