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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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Practice Circle: Cultivating Compassion

| December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: Cultivating Compassion

This is to be done by one skilled in aims Who wants to break through To the state of peace: . . . As a mother would risk her life To protect her child, her only child, Even so should one cultivate a limitless heart With regard to all beings. Khuddakapatha 9, trns Thanissaro Bhikkhu […]

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Practice Circle: Relax

| November 5, 2015 | 3 Comments
Practice Circle: Relax

I think every contemplative technique I’m aware of involves at least some degree of relaxation. The practices I was taught in MBSR all begin with bringing awareness to areas of tightness and holding in the body and inviting them to relax; the Body Scan, which is the first technique one learns in MBSR, consists of […]

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Waking Up: A Review

| September 22, 2014 | 53 Comments
Waking Up: A Review

I still remember my excitement on encountering, in Sam Harris’ first book, The End of Faith, the suggestion that it would be possible to enjoy many of the benefits which people had traditionally sought from religion without the need to embrace religion itself.  Buddhist meditiation was one of the practices Harris mentioned as a specific example of wisdom that […]

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What is Metta?

| November 21, 2012 | 11 Comments
What is Metta?

With good will for the entire cosmos, Cultivate a limitless heart: Above, below, & all around, Unobstructed, without hostility or hate Whether standing, walking, Sitting, or lying down, As long as one is alert, One should be resolved on this mindfulness. This is called a sublime abiding, here and now. This is from Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s […]

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Bruce Hood “The Self Illusion: How Your Brain Creates You” TAM 2012

| September 20, 2012 | 1 Comment
Bruce Hood “The Self Illusion: How Your Brain Creates You” TAM 2012

Psychologist Bruce Hood explores how the brain creates the illusion of the self. Live on stage from TAM 2012. With a special musical introduction from TAM emcee George Hrab.   Bruce Hood “The Self Illusion: How Your Brain Creates You” TAM 2012

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Episode 133 :: Ginger Campbell and Dana Nourie :: Consciousness and the Complex of Mind

| September 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Episode 133 :: Ginger Campbell and Dana Nourie :: Consciousness and the Complex of Mind

Dr. Ginger Campbell Dr. Ginger Campbell and Dana Nourie speak with us about the complex interrelated processes we refer to as consciousness. What is self? Is it your body, so if you lose your left pinky finger, is that really losing part of you? Is it your memories? Or some other aspect of mind, like […]

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