April 1-6

“In order to learn to be truly content here and now, you have to practice being truly content here and now—and that means giving up any notion that there’s anything better waiting just around the corner.”

-Brad Warner

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Related to tonight’s quote, if you suddenly knew for certain that your life was never going to get any better than it is now, how would you deal with that?

March 24-30

“A stage is reached when you stop believing that you are living, but instead have the deep conviction that you are being lived—that whatever you’re doing, you’re not doing but being compelled to do.”

-Sri Nisargadatta

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Related to tonight’s quote, have you ever had the experience of taking an action (even just saying something out loud) without first thinking, planning, or intending to do that thing? Discuss examples from your life, and then discuss how and/or why those things might have happened in that manner.

March 17-23

“It doesn’t matter what is happening in our experience. What matters is how we are relating to our experience.”

-Tara Brach

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Based on tonight’s quote, why is it that how we relate to our experience matters, but the content of our experience does not?

March 10-16

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

-Philip K. Dick

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What implications does tonight’s quote have for the concepts of “reality” and “belief”? And what about for your practice?

March 3-9

“The point is to wake up, not to earn a PhD in waking up.”
-Jed McKenna

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What do you think “earn a PhD in waking up” means in tonight’s quote? And what’s wrong with earning a PhD in waking up?

Feb. 24-March 2

“It’s not actually scary that you do not know what’s going to happen tomorrow, and it’s not scary that you do not know how something is going to work out—because that’s simply the way life always is. That stuff is not frightening until you imagine what might happen. The projection is the monster.” -Adyashanti

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Based on tonight’s quote, what would you have to do in order to make your “not knowing” a scary experience? (assume the rote answer “imagine” is not available in this instance)

Feb. 10-16

“The ego illusion is not so much in what we label as the ego, as in our identification with it. In the same way, we could say that a mirage of water in the desert exists when it’s observed; or we could say that it does not. It only becomes a problem when it is not recognized for what it truly is and one expects to find water there.”

-Leo Hartong

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Looking at tonight’s quote, what’s the difference between “awareness of ego” and “identification with ego”?

Dec. 30-Jan. 5

“Whatever technique one is using, remember that the spirit of practice is more important than the technique. Finding a way to enjoy just sitting is the key. Sitting meditation is a refuge, not a test.” -Narayan Liebenson Grady

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Have you ever used any unique techniques or tools to enhance and/or inspire your sitting meditation? How did they work? Even if you don’t have any unique methods, describe the basic process you use to stay focused while sitting (e.g. breath counting, meditation app, body scan, mantra, koan, etc.).

Oct. 14-20

“Loss is a fact of life. Impermanence is everywhere. We’re all going to suffer losses, but how we deal with those losses is what makes all the difference. It’s not what happens to us that determines our character, our karma, and our destiny, but how we relate to what happens is what matters.”

-Lama Surya Das


This Week’s Discussion Topic

Describe some of the ways we all react to loss. Based on your personal experience, what happens when your reaction is to resist loss?

Sept. 23-29

“How sad it is that most of us only begin to appreciate our life when we are at the point of dying.”

-Sogyal Rinpoche

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
It’s well-documented that many people facing terminal illness report feeling more happiness and peace with their lives. What do you think the reason for this might be?