There was a man by the name of Cudapanthaka, who wanted to learn how to meditate. The Buddha heard about him and went to talk with him and hear his story. He then suggested he sweep, just sweep the dust away. Here is my take on this traditional story.
This series of classes will teach you a unique combination of mindfulness, insight, and awareness practices called Reflective Meditation where thoughts, like worrying, aren’t a problem. You will learn how to work with your worry through creativity, gentleness, and curiosity.
We need a refuge—a place to go where we can sit and meditate together and share our sittings. Weekly drop-in groups every Thursday, either online or in person.
A 5-week class introducing you to Reflective Meditation. For students interested in learning to meditate or who have tried before with little success.
As you recall, I went to the International Western Dharma Teachers Gathering in late October. Last time I talked about what I learned to support practice. This time I want to share some of what I learned about the climate crisis and the response or lack of response from Buddhist…
I want to share some ideas with you from the International Western Dharma Teachers Gathering. These suggestions about a meditative mindset could become a fruitful discussion.
There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. I think this is also the dharma, not just dukkha, attachment and the poisons.
We’ve just passed the 9/11 anniversary and you’ve probably heard a lot of remembrances about that day. It’s the kind of event that you never forget where you were when you first learned about it. I can even see in my minds eye where I was and the first images…
This is the nature of our life—there is suffering (as well as happiness, delight and joy). I have had to learn this over and over again. How can I tolerate suffering, gently and kindly?
Reflective Meditation is an open, receptive, less structured approach to insight meditation. It is grounded in the earliest teachings of the Buddha. Hallmarks of the practice are: Gentleness Curiosity Flexibility The roots of this practice are to be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and are based on learning to…