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    Time Paid Member

    Between the Buddhist calendar, which dates the coming year at approximately 2543, and Buddhist teachings that speak of "beginningless time" in which the whole of the past and future exist only in the present moment, the millennium blitz seems to have drawn us into its illusory phenomenon of a linear, Western, short-term sense of time, as encapsulated as a cuckoo clock. Yet we in the West are not without our own sense of infinite time,� More »
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    No Place to Hide Paid Member

                                         In people's idealized notions of a monk or a nun, one assumption is very accurate: that it simplifies your life so that you can put all your energy into waking up. Of course, not only monks and nuns are committed to waking up. But for many people, regular life is too distracting—which is to say, they are not at a place where they feel they can follow a path, because their ordinary life keeps overwhelming them or dragging them into passion, aggression, and ignorance. More »
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    At a time when our environment is under assault as never before, the Buddha’s teachings on interdependence remind us that we humans are not separate from the world our activities are decimating. Our babies will drink in our breast milk the toxins we spray on our vegetable fields. The computer we toss on the garbage heap - outmoded after a year of use - will leach deadly chemicals into our groundwater. But Buddhism also reminds us that the natural world� More »
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    IT HAS BEEN SAID that without monasticism there is no Buddhism. When the first sangha—group of followers—began to grow around the Buddha there was, of course, no distinctly “Buddhist” form of monastic practice. The monasticism that the Buddha developed took into account the needs of his disciples as well as the realities of his culture and society. This responsiveness to the imperative of time, place, and people is still the defining characteristic of Buddhist monasticism. More »
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    Commit to Sit: Seated Tips Paid Member

    Experiment with posture. Sometimes, very slight adjustments can ease discomfort. You might also want to try different types of meditation cushions and benches; or see hot it feels to sit in a chair Use what might otherwise be considered "dead" time (eg. in your car, or waiting for someone to show up for an appointment) to focus your awareness on your immediate experience. If you find it helpful, use your breath as the primary object of concentration. This practice will help you to expand the sense of presence and connection you're developing in formal meditation into your everyday activities. Adapted from Insight Meditation: A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, an interactive learning program from Sounds True. More »
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    Commit to Sit: Meditation Supplies Paid Member

    The three most common types of meditation support are: More »