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Practice Circle: Mindfulness of the Body

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: Mindfulness of the Body

Even as one who encompasses with his mind the mighty ocean includes thereby all the rivulets that run into the ocean; just so, O monks, whoever develops and cultivates mindfulness directed to the body includes thereby all the wholesome states that partake of supreme knowledge. One thing, O monks, if developed and cultivated, leads to […]

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About that Label …

| June 19, 2013 | 22 Comments
About that Label …

As many of you know, there’s a “Religious Views” label on the Facebook “About” page. When I signed up for Facebook several years ago, I was pretty deeply into the New Atheist movement, spending much of my time griping about traditional religion and writing skeptical material on various pseudoscientific agricultural practices with some friends of mine. […]

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Welcome to Practice Circle: An Update

| May 28, 2013 | 5 Comments
Welcome to Practice Circle: An Update

Back last fall, we announced the start of an experiment, an online dharma practice group called the Practice Circle. As I write this, Practice Circle has met 16 times in the course of seven months, and so I thought it was time to write a fresh introduction to our online community as well as report […]

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Scenes from a Mindfulness Retreat: Experience

| October 20, 2012 | 4 Comments
Scenes from a Mindfulness Retreat: Experience

This is the final installment of four. Here are links to the first, second, and third part. It was 6 a.m. on the first morning of the retreat, and after a restless night’s sleep I was sitting on a wooden bench before a still farm pond, examining again my intention for being there. For several […]

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Scenes from a Mindfulness Retreat: Ritual

| October 13, 2012 | 3 Comments
Scenes from a Mindfulness Retreat: Ritual

Here are links to Part One and Part Two. One of the things I’ve admired about the Friday night drop in mindfulness sessions at the UW Health Integrative Medicine Center is the creativity displayed by the teachers in developing rituals, symbolic objects and activities that help to express the wisdom of practice. There is no […]

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Scenes from a Mindfulness Retreat: The Work

| October 6, 2012 | 12 Comments
Scenes from a Mindfulness Retreat: The Work

Part two of a four-part series.  You can read the introduction here. One of the things I think those of you who have been on more traditional retreats would find most unusual about the mindfulness retreat is how interactive it was.  There were no long periods of silent meditation, broken by occasional meals, dharma talks […]

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Who Is The Ultimate Authority?

| July 23, 2012 | 38 Comments
Who Is The Ultimate Authority?

The concept of authority in Buddhism shouldn’t be complicated — yet it is. Many of us are already familiar with the Kalama Sutta‘s talk about how we shouldn’t rely on outside authorities but weigh what we’re told against our own experience. For many here this was one of the first reasons we became interested in […]

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