Dharma

The "What Am I?" Retreat

An important aspect of the “What Am I?” retreat we did on Saturday is the principle of “interpersonal meditation.”  In addition to silent practice, participants sit quietly with another person.  The questioner asks, “Please tell me what you are.”  After a sincere inquiry into what happens inside contemplating the question, the speaker shares what arises
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Living in the Body: A Dharma Talk

At our retreats, I lead mindful movement twice a day, help people with their seated posture and often give a talk on the first foundation practice of mindfulness of the body.  I love feeling how my years of yoga training are integrating with the Buddha dharma. If you’d like to listen to my talk, you
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Back from the Spring Retreat

I am just back from the IMCW Spring Retreat. It rained for seven days.  Every day but the final morning.  No doubt the grey skies and downpours helped draw our practice inward and into the quiet. A lot happens in a week of silent practice. The first few days are often an internal bog of
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Deepening the Wonder

This week’s topic was on The Heavenly Messengers:  Sickness, Old Age and Death.  When we are touched by them, our lives take new shape. Below is poem from Hafiz.  Below that, the image of a decaying yearling deer I came across on one of my river walks recently. I find the the image of form
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What Buddhist Personality Type Are You?

This week in class I mentioned the three basic personality types identified in Buddhist psychology. Aversive Greedy Deluded You can read a great article on the topic here at Tricycle Magazine.  At the end is a quiz.(How Cosmo.) Anyone up for creating a Buddhist Dating Website?  “WM Aversive seeking ….”
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