Monthly Archives: October 2012

10/28/2012 – The Five Spiritual Strengths

This Sunday Michael, as a balance to the Five Hindrances and a bridge to the Seven Factors of Awakening, introduced an excerpt from Steve Armstrong’s talk on A Lifestyle of Awareness, which focuses on the Five Strengths: Confidence Energy Mindfulnes … Continue reading

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10/21/2012 – Restlessness: The Fifth Hindrance

Maryann guided our reflections on the fifth and final hindrance in our tour of these impediments and how to overcome them (and we noted that Restlessness is among the very last fetters to disappear before complete Awakening!).  Maryann utilized excerpts … Continue reading

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10/14/2012 – Doubt: the Fourth Hindrance

Joey guided our reflections on doubt, sparking our discussion with excerpts from two dharma talks:  Joseph Goldstein on Doubt and Aversion and How They Influence our Lives and Practice http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/9014/ Tara Brach’s dharma talk, Trusting Our Secret Beauty, can be … Continue reading

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10/7/2012 – Sloth and Torpor: the Third Hindrance

Michael guided our exploration of Sloth and Torpor, drawing on Buddhist scripture, contemporary contrary interpretations of the dharma, and an excerpt of a talk by Joseph Goldstein.  The sutta on the lazy monks is from the Anguttara Nikaya, and can … Continue reading

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