Jan. 7-13

“Spiritual practice ought to be childish. It ought to help us recapture something that gets lost in the process of growing up. It ought to foster a sense of play, a sense of magic, a sense of humor.”

-Norman Fischer

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Discuss some of the behaviors that you engaged in as a child that were centered on the non-dual or egoless qualities of life.

Dec. 10-16

“Compassion is not condescension, but a leveling of the playing field, recognition of yourself in others and an acceptance that their stress is your stress, that their happiness is your own.”

-Stephen Schettini

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Discuss some of the situations and/or people that you find challenging to maintain compassion with/for.

Nov. 19-Dec. 2

“We don’t wish for suffering, but once we understand how to be in relationship with it, it becomes the means through which we mature as loving and wise people.”

-Thanissara

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Discuss a personal example of how suffering has made you more wise and/or loving.

Nov. 12-18

“When we meditate, we begin to discover the fallacy in reducing our identity to any one of the many conditions that form us.”

—Martine Batchelor

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Discuss how your relationship with your thoughts has evolved since you began practicing.

Nov. 5-11

“Anyone who enjoys inner peace is no more broken by failure than he is inflated by success.”

-Mattieu Ricard

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Discuss a time in your life when success has caused you problems and/or failure has led to an ultimately positive outcome.

Oct. 29-Nov. 4

“Accept yourself just as you are, with all of your struggles and issues and weaknesses. And in accepting yourself, you’re simply agreeing to the fact that you are already accepted by the entire universe, just as you are.”

-Ruben L. F. Habito

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
How has your practice changed your relationship with time, both on the micro and macro scale?

Oct. 15-21

“As a student of the dharma, I believe that when we talk about a negative sense of ‘difference’ this is only a perceived lack of connection, and that difference offers the potential to create or manifest connection in a new and fulfilling way.”

-Patricia Mushim Ikeda

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Given today’s quote about “difference,” in what ways might you connect with someone who identifies as a neo-nazi or white supremacist if you were guaranteed a peaceful space in which to do so? In other words, how could you relate with them as a fellow human being, rather than seeing them as an “enemy” or outsider?

Sept. 8-14

“If I’m torn between truth and falsehood, I ask myself if the choice I’m leaning toward would be self-serving or selfless, harsh or kind, harmful or harmless. Only then can I know what’s best to do.”

-Lin Jensen

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
When it comes to making tough decisions, who or what do you turn to for guidance, and how does that process work?

 

Sept 1-7

“Understanding and accepting who you really are right now is as important as the commitment to become someone more open and generous.”

-Dale S. Wright

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What is one quality that you’ve had to “accept” about yourself, and how have you incorporated this into your practice?

Sept. 24-30

“When suffering, you can reverse the normal habit of focusing on the arising of each new thought or feeling, and instead watch for each new passing. Micro-relief is constantly available.”

-Shinzen Young

 

REMINDER: Due to the Fall Retreat at GRC, the Friday night DCZC sit has been cancelled. For more information about the retreat or to reserve your spot, please visit the GRC website at www.gainesvilleretreatcenter.com.