Clarifying how the classical Buddhist presentation of mindfulness differs from how mindfulness is taught for secular purposes.
Spiritual friendship in the context of Buddhism.
Knowing the broad framework of the path you will know where the diverse teachings fit in the path and how all the topics fit together.
A Tricycle-sponsored four-part retreat in August 2015 with Venerable Thubten Chodron.
Although the Buddhist teachings have taken different forms, the traditions have much in common: a common heritage, shared goals, and similar practices.
How to cultivate kindness towards strangers and even our enemies, and how compassion can improve our relationships with ourselves and others.
The qualities to look out for in a spiritual mentor and the qualities to develop from our side to be able to benefit from their teachings.
Refuting inherent existence eliminates grasping at true existence and leads to liberation. Refuting inherent existence by analyzing cause and effect.
Advice for monastics and the completion of the commentary on the ethical conduct chapter in “Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions.”
How the practice of ethical conduct is necessary for us to have a sense of wellbeing and to benefit others. Replacing harmful habits with constructive ones.
What it means to fulfill the purpose of monastic life. Guarding the mind from the eight worldly concerns.
The states of mind to cultivate when listening to Dharma teachings. The attitudes we should have if we have the privilege to teach the Dharma to others.
How community life is integral to monastic training. The value of monastic community and how the prescriptive precepts help to shape the sangha.
How different tenet schools posit what nirvana is, and how the Prasangika Madhyamikas refute assertions of a truly existent nirvana.