Tag: secular buddhism

Practice Circle 9/23: Finding Your Mindfulness Bells

| September 20, 2018 | 1 Comment
Practice Circle 9/23: Finding Your Mindfulness Bells

When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday evening, September 23, at 6 pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central and 9 Eastern time, we’ll explore ways to bring our mindfulness and compassion skills into every day life.  To prepare, I thought I’d share this article, which I originally wrote in 2014. Click here this Sunday evening […]

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Roots of Secular Buddhism: Thailand

| July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
Roots of Secular Buddhism: Thailand

Some of the roots of secular Buddhism go back to Thailand. We’ll look at two of the fascinating characters that were instrumental in modernizing elements of Thai belief and practice, even as some of that modernization remains controversial to this day.  Some source material: Peter Jackson 1986 PhD diss: “Buddhadasa and Doctrinal Modernisation in Contemporary […]

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6/10 Practice Circle: Mindful Self-Compassion

| June 8, 2018 | 1 Comment
6/10 Practice Circle: Mindful Self-Compassion

I’m eager to share some of the many very useful practices I learned while being trained in the basics of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) by its originators, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, at a recent two-day workshop. We’ll begin this Sunday, June 10, at 6 pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Eastern, when Practice Circle will explore […]

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Listen to the Suttas! – Audio Recordings of English Translations of the Pali Canon Suttas

| June 4, 2018 | 1 Comment
Listen to the Suttas! – Audio Recordings of English Translations of the Pali Canon Suttas

Listen to the Suttas! Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtTMiZHe8419vKGsORMb1ow/videos   Example Video: The Sammaditthi Sutta (The Discourse on Right View, MN 9)   For those who have difficulty with written text (or Pali), there are few quality, widely-available audio recordings of English language translations of the Pali Canon Suttas. Our own Community Director, Jennifer Hawkins, who developed […]

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Secular Practice with Images and Rituals

| April 30, 2018 | 4 Comments
Secular Practice with Images and Rituals

Many of us have questions about including images or rituals in secular Buddhist practice. We may find the idea congenial, on the other hand we may have an aversion to traditional forms of practice, or indeed we may come from a different religious background altogether. In this video we will consider adding chants, bells, incense, […]

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3/25 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Feelings

| March 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
3/25 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Feelings

I’ve been reading Beth Ann Mulligan’s The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness, which is impressive for the way she uses anecdotes from her secular MBSR course to illustrate basic Buddhist principles. In that spirit, when Practice Circle meets again this Sunday, March 25, at 6 p.m. Pacific, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll continue our four-part […]

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Who Cares What the Buddha Thought?

| February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
Who Cares What the Buddha Thought?

It’s a good question. We’ll consider some of the reasons why someone with a secular outlook should care what the Buddha thought, as well as other aspects of this question. Check out my new Patreon page!

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