Author: Mark Nunberg

Generosity: The Art of Being Happy

Generosity: The Art of Being Happy By Mark Nunberg It’s nice to reflect on how Common Ground and this whole tradition is built on wholesomeness and the generosity of those who have come before us. It’s unfortunate that all of

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Why and How We Sit

Why and How We Sit April 19, 2017 Mark Nunberg There’s an old saying: “If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got.” This old proverb helps us understand why a person might want

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What is our practice?

Dear Friends, Mindfulness is the practice of opening to and understanding the moment just as it is, whether we are practicing sitting meditation, cooking dinner, or advocating for justice. To begin we make the necessary effort to calm the mind

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Sutta Study Reflection Theme 5-6-17

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 24, Liberation / Vimutti To be read out loud: 24.2 Third paragraph on page 289 to the last full paragraph

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Letting Go

Letting go happens, but it’s not something we decide to do. It happens because there is understanding, and understanding brings change. An excerpt from The Way It Is by Ajahn Sumedho: The Buddha pointed to the way of seeing things

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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 4-1-17

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 23, Emptiness / Sunnata To be read out loud: 23.1  Second paragraph p. 273 “Hence…” to end of section. 23.3

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Self-Acceptance and Equanimity

Quotes from Mark’s talks this week. “What makes us a powerful learner and creatively engaged is equanimity: moving into the world with an open heart and mind.” “If we do not realize thought is impersonal, we assume ‘if I had

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Engaging this Messy World with the Wisdom of Non Attachment

Quotes: History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. —Maya Angelou Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be action. —Thich Nhat Hanh Not everything that is

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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 3-4-17

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 22, Letting Go / Vossagga To be read out loud: Third paragraph page 267 through to end of section 22.1

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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 2-4-17

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 21 Seclusion/Viveka To be read out loud: First three paragraphs page 260 Last three paragraphs page 263 Section 21.3 in

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