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Five Ways We Construct Ourselves

| October 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
Five Ways We Construct Ourselves

We construct our own identities throughout our lives. While these constructs can be useful and healthy at times, often they are not, and in the longer term they can get in our own way. Using a Buddhist understanding of the person we will look at five basic ways we construct our own self identities and […]

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Episode 303 :: Bernat Font :: Secular Mindfulness and Buddhism

| October 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
Episode 303 :: Bernat Font :: Secular Mindfulness and Buddhism

Bernat Font Our friend Bernat Font returns to the podcast to speak about Stream Entry as practice, and the evolution of secular mindfulness and Buddhism. As many of you know, Buddhism is not a monolithic religion with no variation. There are lots of different branches, each with their own further unique interpretations, rituals, and ways […]

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10/14 Practice Circle: Clinging and Letting Go

| October 11, 2018 | 1 Comment
10/14 Practice Circle: Clinging and Letting Go

Several of my MBSR teachers use Mark Nepo’s book, The Book of Awakening, as a source of inspiration and practice guidance.  The book contains 365 contemplations, one for every day of the year, along with practice suggestions to go with each. Over the next few Practice Circle sessions, we’ll be working with chapters from The […]

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Episode 302 :: Daniel Cozort :: Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics

| September 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Episode 302 :: Daniel Cozort :: Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics

Daniel Cozort Dan Cozort joins us to speak about the Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics. One of the richest aspects of the study of Buddhism is how its ethical framework resonates or may be a bit discordant with a particular time and place. Far from being a dusty retrospective of what was, Buddhist ethics has […]

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Two Important (but Rather Overlooked) Episodes in Human History

| August 27, 2018 | 4 Comments
Two Important (but Rather Overlooked) Episodes in Human History

I Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta — Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion – Samyutta Nikaya 56.11 The End of the Buddha’s First Sermon The Buddha’s First Sermon is a very important event in human history indeed – but fortunately it cannot be said to have been overlooked. In it the Buddha expounds the Middle Way and […]

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8/26 Practice Circle: Getting Out of Default Mode

| August 23, 2018 | 1 Comment
8/26 Practice Circle: Getting Out of Default Mode

I have tended to give concentration practice short shrift. To me, devotion to intense concentration – jhana practice, long sesshins, and the like – seemed like spiritual calisthenics, meditation for its own sake, another skill to attach the ego to. Coming out of the vipassana-influenced MBSR tradition, I thought the tangible benefits of exploring the […]

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Of Onions and Anatta

| August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
Of Onions and Anatta

Of all the central notions of Buddhism, anatta ‘no self’ is the hardest to understand. At least it is the most counter-intuitive. Of course I have a self! If I tread on someone else’s toe, I may feel apologetic but I do not feel pain. If someone else treads on my toe I do feel […]

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