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Buddha: The First Humanist?

| May 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
Buddha: The First Humanist?

Robert Thurman is a noted author on Buddhist topics and Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. In 1990, the Humanist Association of Massachusetts invited Robert Thurman, Professor of Religion at Columbia University to lecture on the similarities and differences between Western philosophical Humanism and Buddhism. His talk was entitled Buddha: The First Humanist? […]

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5/13 Practice Circle: Trust

| May 9, 2018 | 2 Comments
5/13 Practice Circle: Trust

When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday, May 13th, at 6 p.m. Pacific, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll explore one of the Attitudes of Mindfulness described by Jon Kabat-Zinn for the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. The attitude we’ll be discussing is that of Trust, and how it plays a role in contemplative practice. […]

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4/22 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Dharmas

| April 20, 2018 | 2 Comments
4/22 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Dharmas

When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday, April 8, at 6 p.m. Pacific, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll conclude our four-part examination of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness by examining the Fourth Foundation, mindfulness of dharmas. The word dharma, or dhamma in Pali, has a number of meanings, but in this instance it refers […]

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4/8 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Mind

| April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments
4/8 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Mind

I’ve been reading Beth Ann Mulligan’s The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness, which is impressive for the way she uses anecdotes from her secular MBSR course to illustrate basic Buddhist principles. In that spirit, when Practice Circle meets again this Sunday, April 8, at 6 p.m. Pacific, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll continue our four-part […]

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3/25 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Feelings

| March 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
3/25 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Feelings

I’ve been reading Beth Ann Mulligan’s The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness, which is impressive for the way she uses anecdotes from her secular MBSR course to illustrate basic Buddhist principles. In that spirit, when Practice Circle meets again this Sunday, March 25, at 6 p.m. Pacific, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll continue our four-part […]

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3/11 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of the Body

| March 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
3/11 Practice Circle: Mindfulness of the Body

I’ve been reading Beth Ann Mulligan’s “The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness,” which is impressive for the way she uses anecdotes from her secular MBSR course to illustrate basic Buddhist principles. In that spirit, when Practice Circle meets again this Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. Pacific, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, we’ll begin a four-part […]

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The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness: A Review

| March 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness:  A Review

One of the most common misunderstandings about MBSR and the other mindfulness-based interventions is that they consist of meditation techniques that have somehow been extracted or divorced from their original context in traditional Buddhism. From this standpoint, critics have referred to mindfulness as “Buddhism lite,” as a simple gimmick to reduce stress and, therefore, a […]

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