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Mar. 12-18

“The more we can truly accept who we are, all the way to the point of becoming one with it, the more we give the precepts a chance to manifest naturally.”

-Roshi Nancy Mujo Baker

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What are some misconceptions you initially had about Buddhism that you’ve discovered are not true once you began earnestly practicing?

Mar. 5-11

“How you do what you do is more important than what you do. The ‘how’ refers to the underlying state of consciousness.”

-Eckhart Tolle

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
It’s often said in Zen that “All beings are already enlightened.” How do you understand this statement, and how does it relate to practice?

Feb. 26-Mar. 4

“If suffering and awakening form a single weather-system—as many a wise person has come to know—then when storms come, perhaps we can accept them with less dread and aversion, and more trust—and even hope.”

-Henry Shukman

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What was the biggest motivating factor (person, book, event, etc.) that initially drew you to Buddhism?

Feb. 19-25

“The mind that sees something quickly dies, and a different consciousness hears a sound. No self or soul carries over from one perceptual act to the next. In truth, your life-span is only one moment long.”

-Cynthia Thatcher

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What does “no-self” mean to you?

Feb. 12-18

“Disgusting things get thrown on the earth, but the earth isn’t horrified by them. When you make your mind like the earth, neither agreeable nor disagreeable sensory impressions will take charge of it.”

-Thanissaro Bhikkhu

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What are some examples of how you’ve personally engaged in “spiritual materialism”?

Feb. 5-11

“The idea that what is here and now is less valuable than what’s over there just past the finish line prevents us from ever being truly content and happy right where we are.”

-Brad Warner

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What types of “conditioning” have been most difficult for you to see through?

Jan. 29-Feb. 4

“Inequality cannot stand in the real and true knowledge of human love. Fear evaporates in the face of recognition and connection.”

-Hanuman Goleman

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
How do you maintain compassion when dealing with people who annoy and/or anger you?

Jan. 22-28

“Thoughts—and feelings triggered by thoughts—are mutable and impermanent, and yet because we humans incorrectly identify our being with our thinking, we construct a false notion of ourselves out of ideas and memories that have no actual substance. No wonder the ego is called ‘the false self.’”

-Karen Maezen Miller

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
It’s often said in Zen that “All beings are already enlightened.” How do you understand this statement, and how does it relate to practice?

Jan. 15-21

“Liberation is about cutting, or dissolving, or letting go of, or seeing through—choose your image—the attachment to anything. The description of the no-clinging mind may be different in the different schools, but the experience of the no-clinging mind is the same.”

-Joseph Goldstein

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
How has koan study affected your practice?

Jan. 1-7

“Buddhism means not being concerned with whether you’re seen as a hot-shot Dalai Lama, or a hot-shot Pope, or a hot-shot parent, or even a halfway decent anything… the ego is just a construct. Get over it.”

-Christine Cox

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Describe your experience with Shikantaza (just sitting) meditation and how it has worked for you.