Year: 2016

Sutta Study Discussion Theme 1-7-17

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 20, Concentration/Samadhi To be read out loud: 20.1 From beginning on p. 238 until end of first full paragraph on

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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 12-3-16

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 19, Tranquility & Insight To be read out loud: Section 19.1; First paragraph page 230 through second full paragraph page

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Two resources for the study of the Five Mental Hindrances

From Mark Nunberg: Two resources for the study of the Five Mental Hindrances – forces in the mind that hinder the continuity and steadiness of mindful awareness:   https://www.bcbsdharma.org/article/understanding-the-hindrances/ http://insightmeditationcenter.org/articles/FiveHindrances.pdf

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POC Community Group 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Hello Friends, I hope this note finds you well, and having a pleasant fall.  It can be such a lovely time of transition.  Often times, for me at least, transition and change can trigger this mind into it habits of

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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 11-5-16

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 18, Insight/Vipassana To be read out loud: Second full paragraph page 208 through the third full paragraph page 209 Third

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Heart Practice

Stacy McClendon, our board chair and one of the facilitators for the People of Color Community Group, wrote a nice reflection on metta practice recently and Shelly and I thought we’d share it. The POC group meets on the 1st

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Mindfulness of Breathing Instructions

Hi everyone,   Mark’s talking about the Buddha’s instructions on Mindfulness of Breathing this week and for the next few weeks. Check out the Buddha’s original teaching and notes from different teachers on these teachings here.   Love,   Gabe

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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 10­-1-­16

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought­World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo Chapter 17, Wise Attention: Yoniso Manasikara To be read out loud: 17.3 First paragraph on p. 198 through second full paragraph on p. 199 17.4 From the beginning of the section on p. 202 through end of second paragraph on p. 2014 Discussion Theme: Venerable Analayo states that Yoniso Manasikara (wise attention) has varied meanings that include a wise, appropriate, thorough and penetrative attention allowing the mind to go beyond the surface appearances into the underlying nature of any phenomena. Even beginning levels of mindfulness reveals that it really matters what and how we pay attention, with unwise attention we are very likely to be reinforcing the particular cycles of suffering that our mind is conditioned to spin through. Whereas wise attention can take care of the mind and path from the most mundane decision making about how to care for the body all the way to the very refined attention given to how the factors of awakening can come into balance. Wise attention is wholesome source of joy and delight in life. This month, we can begin by assessing our confidence in the transforming power of wise attention. This confidence initially arises from hearing and reflecting on the Buddha’s teachings that point to the liberation of the heart. Venerable Analayo states, “To be able to rouse such inspiration requires overcoming three adverse conditions: forgetfulness, thoughtlessness and confusion (AN V 145)”. As practitioners we are learning to renew our confidence and inspiration through our connection with this path ­ supported by our connection to community, our practice, or through our ongoing study. We then direct any energy of inspiration in the service of wise attention. On page 201, Venerable Analayo reviews from the Buddha’s teachings how wise attention could be directed. We can use wise attention to understand: the four noble truths, the value of sense restraint, the proper use of the requisites for life, the value of patient endurance of the vicissitudes of life, how to avoid danger, how to abandon unwholesome states, and finally how to develop the factors of awakening. This month let’s choose one or more of these studies to confirm the great value of wise attention in releasing the mind from the oppressiveness of its conditioned habits.

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Antiracism Circle Being Offered this Fall near CG!

This fall, starting October 1 there will be an Antiracism Study and Dialogue Circle (ASDIC) offered a few blocks from Common Ground, at Faith Mennonite Church (2720 E 22nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406). We highly encourage everyone, especially teachers and

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Community Member and Festival Performer Ellis’ Reflections on Racism and Awareness

Hi friends! Our dear community member and festival performer Ellis recently posted some reflections on racism and awareness that we thought we’d share with you!

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