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Practice Circle: Transforming Suffering with Compassion

| December 11, 2014 | 5 Comments
Practice Circle: Transforming Suffering with Compassion

As I sit down to write this, the late afternoon shadows have deepened nearly to evening, reminding me that the longest nights of the year will soon be upon us.  The news is full of the angry protests over police violence and the systematic atrocities committed by the United States government in its program of […]

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Practice Circle: Finding Your Benefactors

| October 23, 2014 | 3 Comments
Practice Circle: Finding Your Benefactors

For the last several months, the mindfulness group I practice with has been learning a set of meditation practices adapted by John Makransky from Tibetan dzogchen and mahamudra methods.  Although these techniques have much in common with the mindfulness practices adapted from Theravada Buddhism, such as vipassana and loving kindness meditation, there are some differences in emphasis […]

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Practice Circle Turns Two!

| October 9, 2014 | 10 Comments
Practice Circle Turns Two!

The Sunday evening of October 15, 2012 marked the first gathering of the SBA Practice Circle. When we get together this Sunday at 8 PM CST, it will be our 47th meeting, a number that shocks me when I see it written down. In a lot of ways, every Practice Circle session still feels like […]

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Finding Your Mindfulness Bells

| July 24, 2014 | 4 Comments
Finding Your Mindfulness Bells

One of the meanings of sati, the Pali word usually translated as “mindfulness”, is to remember.  With a little practice, it’s not hard to learn how to concentrate and focus your awareness.  The big challenge is remembering to do it.  We forget even when we’re sitting on a cushion for the express purpose of meditating!  […]

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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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