The Paramita of Diligence

The Paramita of Diligence

This represents our motivation on the path.

This Paramita is our devotion to cultivating the other five. It’s the one that really keeps us inspired to continue rather than giving up.

We can recognize the things that cause suffering in ourselves and others and we should do what we can to lessen these things.

The Buddha sometimes described life in terms of watering seeds. The seeds of anger,…

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The Paramita of Patience and Acceptance

The Paramita of Patience and Acceptance

This represents our ability to receive and transform our suffering.

The Buddha compared acceptance to water. If you pour some salt into a glass of water it will have a big impact. If you pour it into a river it will have no impact at at all.

We are the same way.

If our ability to accept is small, then we will suffer a great deal even when very minor things happen, like someone saying an unkind…

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Notes From Dharma School Meeting 8/24/14

Notes From Dharma School Meeting 8/24/14

1) It was agreed that we need a list of rules posted that children and parents can see as soon as they come upstairs. Gloria and Kelly volunteered to handle this project. They’re going to create a posterboard with the rules and then we will let children decorate it in some way.

2) Sometimes there are too many kids. When we have more than ten, we should split them into two groups and have two…

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The Paramita of Conduct: The Five Mindfulness Trainings

The Paramita of Conduct: The Five Mindfulness Trainings

The Second Paramita is something we cultivate in two ways.

One way is through mindfulness training and the second way is through precepts.

We are going to talk about the 5 mindfulness trainings in Dharma School and leave the precepts for some other time.

Practicing the Five Mindfulness Trainings is a good way to transform our behavior in a positive way.

Some of these overlap with the precepts a…

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The Paramita of Conduct: The Five Mindfulness Trainings

The Paramita of Conduct: The Five Mindfulness Trainings

The Second Paramita is something we cultivate in two ways.

One way is through mindfulness training and the second way is through precepts.

We are going to talk about the 5 mindfulness trainings in Dharma School and leave the precepts for some other time.

Practicing the Five Mindfulness Trainings is a good way to transform our behavior in a positive way.

Some of these overlap with the precepts a…

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PEOPLE: It just works

PEOPLE: It just works

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This is an interview I did for Stories of Devotion.

Originally posted on Stories of Devotion:

“I started having anxiety problems as a teenager. I tried medication and it made me a crazy person, so I got off the medication. I was looking for ways to deal with my anxiety. It was crippling, I couldn’t be around people at all. And then I learned about meditation,” replied Daniel…

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The Paramita of Generosity

The Paramita of Generosity

The Paramita of Generosity

To give means first of all to offer joy, happiness and love.

The best gift we can offer is our presence. To be there when someone needs us, to listen when someone needs to talk. When we give our presence to someone that wants it, we are giving the gift of joy.

Because of our meditation practice, we can be more mindfully present. Listening instead of waiting to talk,…

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The Six Paramitas

This Sunday we’re going to start a series on the six paramitas. This should last us six weeks. The six paramitas (usually translated as perfections) are a teaching of Mahayana Buddhism. They are said to be vehicles to take us from shore of sorrow to the shore of peace and joy. We are on the shore of suffering, anger, and depression and we want to cross over to the shore of well-being. Practicing…

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Simple Ways To Practice Mindfulness (for kids)

Simple Ways To Practice Mindfulness (for kids)

Simple Ways to Practice Mindfulness

Awareness and acceptance of what’s going on around us helps us with maintaining positive thoughts and feelings. This is what mindfulness is all about. As adults we can exercise mindfulness in several ways.
I think kids can exercise mindfulness at home too, if they are motivated. I’m going to tell the children this sunday some things they can do to bring more…

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Some of the Teaching I’m Giving at Zenfest.

Some of the Teaching I’m Giving at Zenfest.

I’m a true believer. I think our true nature exists under layers of delusion. Because it’s our true nautre to be Enlightened, we can find it. It can come upon us all at once.

Huineng, the 6th Zen Patriarch, was an illiterate woodcutter. He heard someone reciting a text called the Diamond Sutra and he suddenly entered the stream. After that, he found a Zen teacher and started cultivating the seed…

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