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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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Sending and Receiving

Practice Sending and Receiving with the Breath. The first time I heard about tonglen practice I thought it sounded really weird. I don’t connect with visualization type practices very well a lot of the time, so when I read that this was (sort of) a visualization practice I assumed it wouldn’t mean much to me.…

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Be a Child of Illusion

After Meditation, Be a Child of Illusion. One key idea is implicit in this slogan. We aren’t just practicing when we’re on the cushion—we’re practicing all the time. Our practice isn’t about going to a temple or going on a retreat for a while and then returning as though nothing has happened. Our goal, if…

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Rest in the Openness of Your Mind

Rest in the Openness of Your Mind The idea of resting in openness is just being here. It’s what Ram Dass described in “Be Here Now” and what Rob Bell described in “How to Be Here”. It’s what the Buddha was talking about when he said, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream…

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