12/30/2012 – Renewal and the root of meditative practice

Margaret led our reflections, using part of a talk by Rodney Smith titled “Mirroring Meditation”


along with a reading by Guy Armstrong of the Lump of Foam Sutta


Both stressed the possibilities of seeing, in meditation, the relative insubstantiality of our experience – and with that, the freedom to shape our experience in the direction of freedom.


12/23/2013 – Motivation to Practice

Michael framed the question for the day’s discussion,and everyone present had something to contribute, as our reflections on our individual motivations for practice were shared and explored.  Among the questions that came up was the matter of how our overall orientation in practice affects our individual sessions of meditating. . . and also whether our daily practice has evolved in pace with the shifting goals of our intention.

12/02/2012 – Investigating Emotions

Doubt PDFJoey led our reflections on investigating emotions in a meditative context, as a factor of awakening.  During our time together, she drew on many sources, including playing a recording of the middle portion of a talk on Investigation by Joseph Goldstein


and reading/sharing a guided meditation from Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing your life with the heart of a Buddha.  pp. 87-88

as well as reflections on investigating emotions by Pema Chodron and Achaan Cha (via Jack Kornfield):

Pema Chodron, Taking the Leap: Freeing ourselves from old habits and fears.  pp. 31 – 36; 40 – 43

The Buddha is still teaching: Contemporary Buddhist wisdom, edited & selected by Jack Kornfield, pp. 76, 81, 109