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The Meditation Circle to close in-person meetings for good at the end of June 2022

The reality of impermanence in our daily life is a core teaching of the Buddha, as we recognize that nothing is ever permanent. That goes for meditation circles, too! After a good long run of more than 20 years, The … Continue reading

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Moment to Moment

“If you can put to restThe mind that frantically seeksFrom moment to moment,You will be no different from old Shakyamuni Buddha.” ~ Lin Chi, founder of the Linji school of Chán Buddhism during Tang Dynasty China: “Linji’s teachings encouraged people … Continue reading

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The Ocean of Suffering

“The ocean of suffering is immense, but if you turn around, you can see the land.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Not evasion

“Meditation is not evasion.It is a serene encounter with reality.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Near & Far Away

If we really investigate and examine our hearts [or minds], we will at some time experience joy, rapture and peace. At other times we will experience feelings of indifference, detachment and separation. If we experience the latter we should not … Continue reading

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This Floating Life

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Go back to the breath

“Think about the people who’ve devoted their lives to the practice of the Dhamma and were able to reap the fruit of that practice. As you look at what you’re doing in the course of the day, you may find … Continue reading

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The River of Time

Coming to grips with the fundamental nature of daily existence as being impermanent is a fundamental teaching in Buddhist mindfulness and meditation practice. This is not meant to be a depressing insight, but a freeing one. Once we truly begin … Continue reading

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Watch

Take care not to let mechanicalIntelligence burden your mind;Watch what is not temporalAnd remain unmoved by things. ~ Lao tzu(quote courtesy DailyZen.com)

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‘Develop a lot of mindfulness—that’s the point.’

“My advice is to not let yourself get wrapped up in doubts and questions. Let them go and directly contemplate whatever you are experiencing. Don’t make a big deal out of any physical pleasure or pain you experience. When you … Continue reading

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Seek

You are a seeker.Delight in the masteryOf your hands and your feet,Of your words and your thoughts.Delight in meditation and in solitude.Compose yourself, be happy.You are a seeker. ~ The Buddha in “The Dhammapada”

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Observing Vs. Fighting

“To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem. To meditate means to observe.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Guard well your thoughts

The Dhammapada is an exquisite collection of short, pithy teachings by the Buddha. Read the whole collection here.

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Thought(s) for the Day

~ More on Thich Nhat Hanh here

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Monkey Mind and Tea Service

These two graphics may speak to some of us. Come sit on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. , and get to know the coming and going of thoughts without serving them herbal tea. DETAILS HERE

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