Tag: Secular Practice

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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Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

| December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

For those who don’t know, New Zealand has a lively Secular Buddhist community: http://secularbuddhism.org.nz/ http://www.onemindfulbreath.org.nz/ http://abet.nz/   Last month, the prominent Ramsey Margolis announced via his newsletter that he wanted to try to lead a free, online meditation using Zoom similar to SBA US’s Practice Circle. Not only had he gone out of his way to […]

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11/26 Practice Circle: Silent Illumination, Sitting with a Question

| November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
11/26 Practice Circle: Silent Illumination, Sitting with a Question

One powerful way to access the wisdom of the whole bodymind is to sit until the mind becomes still, and then to drop a question into that stillness and pay attention to what arises. When Practice Circle gathers again this Sunday, Nov. 26, at 6 pm Pacific, 8 Central, and 9 Eastern, we’ll pursue this […]

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Five Keys to Sticking with Practice

| October 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
Five Keys to Sticking with Practice

I’m sure we all know that watching YouTube videos isn’t really adequate as a form of practice. So how should we view our ongoing practice? How long will it take to reach the goal? In this video I’ll discuss five keys we should use to engage best with practice.

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Practice Circle: The Benefactor Body Scan

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: The Benefactor Body Scan

Recently, SBA Community Director Jennifer Hawkins engaged us with folks from the North American Buddhist Alliance to talk about the body scan, a practice used widely in both Buddhist meditation and mindfulness programs. If you’re not familiar with it, it consists of systematically directing your concentrated awareness to one body part at a time, starting […]

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My First Retreat – Part 3

| October 12, 2017 | 2 Comments
My First Retreat – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a series of 3 articles.   For Part 1: http://secularbuddhism.org/2017/10/12/my-first-retreat-part-1-of-3-a-zen-sesshin-at-rocky-mountain-ecodharma/ For Part 2: http://secularbuddhism.org/2017/10/12/my-first-retreat-part-2-of-3/ …continued: Morning 3: This was the last day, a short day. And in everything, I “relaxed”… in a “bad way.” I think that one factor was a personal or internal one: all of the praise I got during Dokusan […]

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My First Retreat (Part 2 of 3)

| October 12, 2017 | 2 Comments
My First Retreat (Part 2 of 3)

This is Part 2 of a series of 3 articles.   For Part 1: http://secularbuddhism.org/2017/10/12/my-first-retreat-part-1-of-3-a-zen-sesshin-at-rocky-mountain-ecodharma/ …continued: Day 2: We woke up at 5AM (successfully!), chanted, and sat (zazen). I couldn’t tell you much about what came up during that specific sit, but I do recall that most other retreat attendees took full advantage of any breaks to […]

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