Feb. 19-25

February 23rd, 2017

“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

February 17th, 2017

“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

February 10th, 2017

“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

January 31st, 2017

“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

January 24th, 2017

“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

January 19th, 2017

“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

January 5th, 2017

“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.

Dec. 25-31

December 28th, 2016

“Enlightenment is absolute cooperation with the inevitable.”

-Anthony de Mello

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
How has humility played a role in your practice?

Dec. 18-24

December 22nd, 2016

“We don’t have to get rid of all our neurotic tendencies: what we do is begin to see how funny they are, and then they’re just part of the fun of life, the fun with living with other people. They’re all crazy. And so are we, of course.”

-Charlotte Joko Beck

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What are some of your most prominent “neurotic” thought lines, and how do you deal with them?

Dec. 11-17

December 14th, 2016

“With only a change in perspective, the most ordinary things take on inexpressible beauty. When we don’t know, we don’t judge. And when we don’t judge, we see things in a different light. That is the light of our awareness, unfiltered by intellectual understanding, rumination, or evaluation.”

-Katsuki Sekida

 

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Discuss the relationship between faith and doubt as it relates to your practice.