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11/26 Practice Circle: Silent Illumination, Sitting with a Question

| November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
11/26 Practice Circle: Silent Illumination, Sitting with a Question

One powerful way to access the wisdom of the whole bodymind is to sit until the mind becomes still, and then to drop a question into that stillness and pay attention to what arises. When Practice Circle gathers again this Sunday, Nov. 26, at 6 pm Pacific, 8 Central, and 9 Eastern, we’ll pursue this […]

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“MADbrewed”: a livestream where Mara plays through D&D adventures

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
“MADbrewed”: a livestream where Mara plays through D&D adventures

  https://www.twitch.tv/marvicitv Every Thursday at 7 PM EST (US)     I just wanted to let the Sangha know that I’m part of a Dungeons and Dragons game called “MADbrewed” that streams live on Twitch every Thursday at 7 PM EST (US). The character I play is Mara… as in an incarnation of that MARA […]

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Practice Circle: Trust Emergence

| November 10, 2017 | 1 Comment
Practice Circle: Trust Emergence

When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday, 11/12/17, at 8 pm Central, we’ll work with a practice called Insight Dialogue. To prepare, I thought I’d share this essay we originally published in 2015. Please go to the Practice Circle discussion forum if you like more detail on the instructions for practicing Insight Dialogue. At Practice […]

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Practice Circle Live: The Benefactor Body Scan

| November 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle Live: The Benefactor Body Scan

This guided meditation was recorded live at the SBA Practice Circle on October 22, 2017. If you’d like to learn more about why we developed this practice, and how you can join us at Practice Circle, you can read about it here.

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Practice Circle: The Benefactor Body Scan

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: The Benefactor Body Scan

Recently, SBA Community Director Jennifer Hawkins engaged us with folks from the North American Buddhist Alliance to talk about the body scan, a practice used widely in both Buddhist meditation and mindfulness programs. If you’re not familiar with it, it consists of systematically directing your concentrated awareness to one body part at a time, starting […]

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My First Retreat – Part 3

| October 12, 2017 | 2 Comments
My First Retreat – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a series of 3 articles.   For Part 1: http://secularbuddhism.org/2017/10/12/my-first-retreat-part-1-of-3-a-zen-sesshin-at-rocky-mountain-ecodharma/ For Part 2: http://secularbuddhism.org/2017/10/12/my-first-retreat-part-2-of-3/ …continued: Morning 3: This was the last day, a short day. And in everything, I “relaxed”… in a “bad way.” I think that one factor was a personal or internal one: all of the praise I got during Dokusan […]

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My First Retreat (Part 2 of 3)

| October 12, 2017 | 2 Comments
My First Retreat (Part 2 of 3)

This is Part 2 of a series of 3 articles.   For Part 1: http://secularbuddhism.org/2017/10/12/my-first-retreat-part-1-of-3-a-zen-sesshin-at-rocky-mountain-ecodharma/ …continued: Day 2: We woke up at 5AM (successfully!), chanted, and sat (zazen). I couldn’t tell you much about what came up during that specific sit, but I do recall that most other retreat attendees took full advantage of any breaks to […]

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