Clarifying how the classical Buddhist presentation of mindfulness differs from how mindfulness is taught for secular purposes.
In the popular imagination the Buddhist monastic is solitary. Hours spent studying, chanting, and meditating leave scant time for that most trying yet rewarding
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.
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.
Advice for monastics and the completion of the commentary on the ethical conduct chapter in “Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions.”
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.
Skillful ways to transform the dissatisfied mind into one that is content and happy.
How to reason with the afflicted mind and deal with “freak-outs” in our practice. Similarities and differences between the vinaya lineages.
An example of how to meditate to loosen our craving for others’ approval. The right mindset with which to view the practice of ethical conduct.
Becoming aware of the identities we cling to and how they hinder our spiritual practice.