Category: Teachings & Reflections

Quotes and Resources from Nils’ and Wynn’s Talks This Week

From Nils Heymann’s talk: The Buddha’s First Discourse: Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. -Audre Lorde. From Wynn Fricke’s talk: A

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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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Poem: Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Autobiography In Five Short Chapters Chapter I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost… I am hopeless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way

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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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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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