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History of Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism: Power and Transgression

| August 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
History of Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism: Power and Transgression

We’ll go over the history of tantric Buddhism, its origins as well as its differences from other forms of Buddhist belief and practice. Then we’ll give an overall characterization of what constitutes this somewhat transgressive form of Buddhism. It’s a huge topic so this video should only be seen as an intro! Suggested readings: Ronald […]

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Episode 299 :: Gary Gach :: Pause Breathe Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough

| August 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
Episode 299 :: Gary Gach :: Pause Breathe Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough

Gary Gach Gary Gach returns to the podcast to speak about his new book Pause Breathe Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough. Meditation is sometimes thought of as a passive relaxation technique. And I’ll admit, those three words together rub me the wrong way. Meditation is, to me, an active, alive way of […]

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10/12 Practice Circle: Soften, Soothe, Allow

| August 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
10/12 Practice Circle: Soften, Soothe, Allow

How do we deal with truly difficult emotions when they arise in our daily life? Can we meet them without being overwhelmed or using distraction or numbing to avoid them? When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday evening at 6 Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll share another practice from Kristin Neff […]

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Secular Buddhism and the Real Reasons to Meditate

| July 23, 2018 | 8 Comments
Secular Buddhism and the Real Reasons to Meditate

In the most recent issue of Lions Roar magazine (July 2018), Buddhist teachers representing Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajryana lineages discussed the “real” reasons to meditate. While the responses were insightful and reflected the full range of beliefs among Buddhist lineages, there is a glaring omission: no one presents a secular Buddhist view of the real […]

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Episode 298 :: Sara Rahmani :: Understanding Unbelief: Mindfulness Meditation Project

| July 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Episode 298 :: Sara Rahmani :: Understanding Unbelief: Mindfulness Meditation Project

Sara Rahmani Dr. Sara Rahmani speaks with us about her work Understanding Unbelief: Mindfulness Meditation project. What is it like to be faced with adopting a religious belief system that’s not part of your personal background? Or perhaps it is, and once there, you find an increasing cognitive dissonance with what’s overtly or subtley encouraged […]

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7/22 Practice Circle: Befriend Yourself

| July 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
7/22 Practice Circle:  Befriend Yourself

This Sunday, July 22, at 6 pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, Practice Circle will explore the practice of unconditional friendliness towards the self. Amy Balentine will be leading a meditation taught by Pema Chodron. In this straightforward practice, we will be invited to bring a quality of clear seeing and gentleness […]

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Listen to the Suttas! – Audio Recordings of English Translations of the Pali Canon Suttas

| June 4, 2018 | 1 Comment
Listen to the Suttas! – Audio Recordings of English Translations of the Pali Canon Suttas

Listen to the Suttas! Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtTMiZHe8419vKGsORMb1ow/videos   Example Video: The Sammaditthi Sutta (The Discourse on Right View, MN 9)   For those who have difficulty with written text (or Pali), there are few quality, widely-available audio recordings of English language translations of the Pali Canon Suttas. Our own Community Director, Jennifer Hawkins, who developed […]

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