Tag: Gotama

Practice Circle: Tonglen for the Winter Solstice

| December 17, 2013 | 1 Comment
Practice Circle: Tonglen for the Winter Solstice

This week’s Practice Circle coincides with the weekend of the Winter Solstice, the darkest and coldest time of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere (mudita to our Aussie and Kiwi friends!)  I don’t know about you, but I always have a tangible felt sense of entropy about now.  The cold and […]

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Gautama Buddha: Man or God?

| November 12, 2011 | 5 Comments
Gautama Buddha: Man or God?

Vishvapani Blomfield’s Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One is one of a new breed of Buddha biographies. For centuries there was really only one. Ashvaghosha’s epic poem Buddhacarita (Acts of the Buddha), written some three hundred years after the Buddha’s death, paints the Buddha myth familiar to generations of Buddhists. A […]

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Four Truths, Four Vows

| August 22, 2011 | 8 Comments
Four Truths, Four Vows

This is another in my series of discussions of ideas Stephen Batchelor has been presenting in dharma talks since late 2010. You can hear them at dharmaseed.org. One of the attractive ideas to come out of Stephen Batchelor’s recent teaching is a mapping of the Four Noble Truths onto the Four Bodhisattva Vows of the […]

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The Four Foundations of Secular Buddhism

| July 12, 2011 | 4 Comments
The Four Foundations of Secular Buddhism

by Mark Knickelbine This is another in a series of posts in which I have been discussing ideas presented by Stephen Batchelor in a series of dharma talks in late 2010.  I encourage you to check them out at dharmaseed.org. While Stephen Batchelor has often written and talked about his vision of a Buddhism that does […]

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Prescriptive, Not Descriptive

| July 7, 2011 | 9 Comments
Prescriptive, Not Descriptive

This is the third installment in which I discuss ideas presented by Stephen Bachelor in a series of dharma talks in late 2010. You can hear them at dharmaseed.org. Christians have some explaining to do. If, as they believe, God is all powerful, all knowing, and all loving, why is there so much suffering in […]

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Secular Dharma Semitreat :: Day Three

| June 25, 2011 | 1 Comment
Secular Dharma Semitreat :: Day Three

Day three, at last our horrific kammic past has been fully extinguished, and we’re enjoying a change from that perfect weather.  Rain, all day.  And you know, that really is okay, the rich scents the moisture brings is better than incense. Our dish cleaning team of Stan, Stan, Bill, and Ted (yes, Bill and Ted, […]

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Secular Dharma Semitreat :: Day Two

| June 25, 2011 | 3 Comments
Secular Dharma Semitreat :: Day Two

We’re cursed with yet another absolutely gorgeous day. Clearly bad kamma coming to fruition. Darn you, vipāka! Darn you, previous me! We started the day with instructions from Martine on listening meditation, simply hearing the sound without creating additional commentary around it. In this setting, the sounds are typically birds and chippies, so that was […]

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