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Forgiveness Practice, Walking

Eyes open, with each step repeat to yourself I forgive you one syllable each step I…forgive… you. With each step repeat to yourself I forgive me one syllable each step I…forgive… me. With each step repeat to yourself You forgive … Continue reading

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The Buddha’s Warning Against Getting Caught in Doctrines

[ Guest post by Steven Goodheart of METTA REFUGE . Enjoy ! ] The Buddha’s Warning Against                      Getting Caught in Doctrines 2011/12/02 by Steven Goodheart The following conversation was reported to have taken place between the ascetic Dighanaka and Gautama the … Continue reading

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The Open Question

On a weekend retreat some years ago, was introduced to the technique of inquiry. The instruction was to look into our nature by using the question ” What am I ? ” We were also given the “answer” to the … Continue reading

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Stumbling into Grace

Sitting. Meditating. Trying to stay ” In the Now ” Drifting away. Lost in thoughts. “In the Now”. Back, present again. Thoughts chasing thoughts. Sigh. Patience. Practice lightly – those are the instructions. Patience, and practice lightly. Posture. Breathing. Posture. … Continue reading

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Byron Katie on Meditation

[ Mid week guest post by Byron Katie, author of THE WORK. Enjoy !] Byron Katie on Meditation We believe a thought, we assume that the thought is true, and then we act on it. Anger, depression, addictions, sadness, words … Continue reading

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Walk Above the Interstate

I sometimes take the walkway above the interstate to get to work. Style of practice has changed over the years. So has the view of the cars streaming by, 30 ft. below. DURING … IT WAS … Mahayana practice… compassion … Continue reading

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Spiritual Bypassing

Spiritual bypassing uses a spiritual practice or concept to hide from an aspect of yourself that is painful or broken. It’s a con game dressed up in spiritual garb, and it’s very slippery. The more pious and dedicated the practitioner, … Continue reading

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Samu in the Snow

This weekend I practiced a short 3 day sesshin ( period of intense meditation ) with my Zen teacher (Sensei) and a small group of his students. Sitting meditation ( zazen, shikantaza ), chanting, walking meditation, work periods, and mindful … Continue reading

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No Moon, No Finger

If you hang out in spiritual circles of a Buddhist or nondual flavor, at some point  someone usually mentions  ” the finger pointing to the moon “. Others around you may nod and smile as if they know something, as … Continue reading

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The Day I Left For Good

How I loved looking at Avalokiteshvara ! standing attentively listening a thousand eyes open to the suffering of the world; but that’s not how I woke up. Hundreds of hours of energy healing practices extending the sense of touch through … Continue reading

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