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Over the years, I’ve encountered many fellow practitioners who are very concerned with “proper sitting form.” When I first began formal practice, I also was concerned about achieving a respectable lotus or half lotus position, believing that this was the … Continue reading
Also called the Five Daily Recollections, I’ve found this set of reflections to be a powerful tool for awakening to the teachings. Larry Rosenberg has written a book on them (Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of … Continue reading
Ever since the group sit last week, I’ve been mulling over what consciousness is and how we experience it. In the West, the term is defined in various ways, but most often as representing awareness of oneself as an entity … Continue reading
The following is from this month’s Full Moon Journal from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. The translation is by senior scholar, Andrew Olendzki. Andy is one of my teachers, and I have always found his sutta, commentary and poetry … Continue reading
What would it be like to be with our experience without holding on to it? If you can imagine such a state you are experiencing a moment of awakening. It is what happens when the sense doors make contact with … Continue reading
There’s a great article this month from Buddhist teacher Toni Bernhard called Deep Dukkha which will resonate with most of us. Find the journal here.
I received the following email from my teacher, Santikaro: A Thai scholar friend asked me to translate the following: Democracy — of the people, for the people, by the people — is only workable when the people are grounded in … Continue reading
The role of skillful teachers in guiding our practice can’t be over emphasized. A good teacher is like a good tour guide, pointing out the way and advising us so that we don’t stray too far from the path. When … Continue reading
Buddha is nothing but the optimum mode of being possible for man in his present condition. –Stephen Batchelor The historical Buddha, Sakyamuni, existed and is remarkable because he discovered a method for awakening which involves acknowledging suffering, understanding its causes, … Continue reading
Lee, from Clear and Empty Mind, has posted an interesting discussion between Ken McLeod and Jack Kornfield on the differences between Mahayana and Theravada practice and other topics. You can find it here: http://clearemptymind.com/2011/06/03/maturation-of-practice/.