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Boring is OK

Those who pursue money are always rushed, always busy with urgent matters. Those who pursue the Dharma, go slow and easy. “Boring” you say? Maybe. Maybe it’s downright dreary to stop and smell a flower or listen to a bird. Maybe a glint of gold is really more dazzling than the sight of one’s Original…

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Master Silly Mountain

Han Shan Deqing (1546-1623)  is an important figure from the history of Ch’an Buddhism who isn’t well known. They called him Silly Mountain(not to be confused with the other monk named Han Shan, who they called Cold Mountain). He lived in China and is regarded as a great reformer. He spent a lot of time…

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“I have pacified your mind” (video)

This is the story of Bodhidharma and his student Huike. Let me know what you think.   Upcoming Events: 8/25/18: 11:00AM-11:30AM Meditation Mob KC Nelson Atkins Museum of Art 4525 Oak Street Kansas City, MO 64111 We are going to meet up on the south lawn of the Nelson Museum and we’re going to meditate…

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Meditation Mob

I hosted a public meditation on July 28th and I was surprised by the turnout and engagement. I’ve resolved to make this a regular event. This is about providing opportunities for practice. Anyone can come, there’s no fee (I don’t even take donations), and people can come and go as they please. In the earliest…

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What If No One Comes?

I’m leading an event tomorrow. I’m equal parts excited and nervous. I’m going to lead a meditation on the south lawn of the Nelson Museum. I’m going to give a little guidance and then we’re going to sit and meditate together. This is about taking practice out into the world instead of keeping it hidden. It’s…

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Zen Failure?

I ran a Zen sitting group at the Rime Buddhist Center for two years. At least I think it lasted two years… Anyway, it started right after my divorce. I was a wreck and I asked for the opportunity. The main reason I did this was so I’d have something to do Monday nights. I…

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Retreats with Someone Else’s Hero

I’ve gone on a lot of weekend retreats over the years, with probably a dozen or so teachers. These teachers come to visit the Rime Center in Kansas City. They come from a wide range of traditions and they have a wide range of teaching styles. This is a good thing because people can try to…

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Book Review: The Four Noble Truths of Love

Full disclosure: I teach in Susan Piver’s Open Heart Project. So please take my opinion with a grain of salt. Back when I started teaching at the Open Heart Project in 2015 I had never heard of Susan Piver. Now after three years of following her I think she’s one of the best Dharma Teachers around. I’d be…

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Practical Insight Meditation Instructions (Video)

This is a guided meditation adapted from meditation instructions by the great Burmese teacher Mahasi Sayadaw   ———————————- Upcoming events ———————————————————————- 9/9/18: 9:00AM-10:15AM Dharma Talk and Meditation Tam Bao Buddhist Temple 16933 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74134 I’ve been invited to travel to a beautiful Buddhist temple to give a dharma talk. While we’re…

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Seeds of Virtue

OBJECTS AND POISONS ARE SEEDS OF VIRTUE This is part of the Lojong teachings. I think it’s a little more confusing than some of the previous slogans, so I’ll make sure I try really hard to unpack it well. Objects refers to people. I know that’s confusing, but maybe it helps to refer to English…

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