Category Archives: Meditation

Information, resources concerning meditation

Not evasion

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

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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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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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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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ZOOMING & YouTubing with Bhante G

UPDATE: Bhante Gunaratana will resume his hour-long ZOOM guided meditations and Dhamma talks from 10 to 11 a.m. on most Saturdays and Sundays starting Saturday, March 19, 2022. We do hope you continue keeping up with your meditation and mindfulness … Continue reading

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A Musical Meditation

As lovely as lovely gets. The resident community at Plum Village, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village, France, just released this stirring recording of the Namo’valokiteshvaraya chant of compassion (recorded in autumn 2020), in honor of the passing … Continue reading

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Where Waldo Is

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The Buddhamas Carol (or ‘Ode of a Vipassana Yogi’)

There just aren’t that many Buddhist Christmas carols out there. Here’s one by Bhante Yogavacara Rahula, a Theravadan Buddhist monk who guides the Lion of Wisdom Meditation Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Years ago, Bhante Rahula approached me with the verses … Continue reading

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ARTICLE: On a Buddhist retreat 8 Days After 9-11

The Buddhist magazine Tricycle published on its website today a blog article that Meditation Circle co-founder Douglas John Imbrogno wrote 20 years ago, about being on retreat led by Bhavana Society co-founder Bhante Gunaratana right days after 9-11: “An airplane … Continue reading

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Be your own witness

People may look at you and feel your way of life, your interest in Dhamma, makes no sense. Others may say that if you want to practise Dhamma, you ought to be ordained as a monk. Being ordained is not … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Meditator

“Don’t try to become anything. Don’t make yourself into anything. Don’t be a meditator. Don’t become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. What you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. ” ~ Ajahn Chah

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Recipe for Contentment

“If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the … Continue reading

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Bhante G on meditating via ZOOM, daily mindfulness and facing death

This Q-and-A was featured in the April 2021 issue of WestVirginiaVille.com magazine By Douglas John Imbrogno | WestVirginiaVille.com | april15.2020 It is not as well known as it should be that a much-beloved, 93-year-old global figure in Buddhism has called … Continue reading

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Just Waves

“It will take quite a long time before you find your calm, serene mind in your practice. Many sensations come, many thoughts or images arise, but they are just waves of your own mind.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

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Step-by-Step

“So, don’t be in a hurry and try to push or rush your practice. Do your meditation gently and gradually, step-by-step. In regard to peacefulness, if you become peaceful, then accept it; if you don’t become peaceful, then accept that … Continue reading

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