Aug. 13-19

“Right intention is like a muscle—you develop it over time by exercising it. When you lose it, you just start over again. There’s no need to judge yourself or quit when you fail to live by your intentions.”

-Phillip Moffitt

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What role does honesty play in your practice?

Aug. 6-12

“To me, the way to not waste time is to find something useful in every moment, no matter what is happening.”

-Brad Warner

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What’s the danger in declaring certain things “sacred” and certain things “profane”? Aren’t there things out there that we can all agree should be respected, or on the other hand, things that we can all agree should be condemned?

July 30-Aug. 5

“A feeling-tone is a feeling-tone, and that’s all. Just like anything else, the invitation is to be with it, not to listen to it, not to ignore it, not to push it away, not to repress it, not to act on it.”

-Dr. Jay Michaelson

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
When negative emotions and thoughts come up, what is your default response to them if you’re not being mindful? For example, do you repress them, try to rationalize them, painfully feel them, etc.

July 23-29

“The Buddha described his teaching as ‘going against the stream.’ The unflinching light of mindful awareness reveals the extent to which we are tossed along in the stream of past conditioning and habit.”

-Stephen Batchelor

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
When you first started practicing, what were some of the first behaviors and thought patterns you noticed coming up most for you? How did meditation help you deal with them?

July 16-22

“When we allow space into our practice, we begin to see the impermanent nature of the thoughts and feelings that arise within our experience—as well as of the conditions, many of which we have absolutely no control over.”

—Tsoknyi Rinpoche

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Given the fact that nearly all of our thoughts randomly appear in our minds, and we don’t seem to have any control over them, except for choosing whether or not we believe and/or engage with them, what does this say about free will? This question is of upmost importance, brothers and sisters, so discuss with absolute fervor and intensity!

July 2-8

“First, one must get to know oneself. Then, having become familiar with oneself, one can live one’s life more deeply. Living one’s life more deeply is the meaning of dharma.”

-Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Explain what “dharma” means to you and how you experience it in everyday life.

June 18-24

“What gets in the way of this movement toward our authentic self, more than anything, is our insistence on identifying with the small self: preserving our narrow world of being special, of needing to look and feel a particular way.”

-Ezra Bayda

 
This Week’s Discussion Topic
Have you ever come close to or actually given up practicing? Why, and what led you back?

June 11-17

“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.”
-Eckhart Tolle

 
This Week’s Discussion Topic
What are some common frustrations you’ve experienced with sitting and how did you overcome them?

June 4-10

“The path of enlightenment is not the path to enlightenment, or a way to get to the so-called awakened state. The path of enlightenment is what is underneath our feet.”

-Douglas Penick

 
This Week’s Discussion Topic
Discuss the process—or lack thereof—you use to work through koans. If that process has evolved over time, talk about its progression.

May 28-June 3

“What gets in the way of this movement toward our authentic self, more than anything, is our insistence on identifying with the small self—preserving our narrow world of being special, of needing to look and feel a particular way.”

-Ezra Bayda

 
This Week’s Discussion Topic
How has a mistaken belief in self led to suffering in your life?