4/12/2015 – Pema Chodron: Taking Your practice into the world

Wendy guided our reflections as we take in the final one of Pema Chodron’s six talks on Getting Unstuck: “Taking Your Practice into the World.”  How can we take what we learn on the cushion about the relief of suffering out into our daily lives?  If you’d like to listen to this talk, click here:



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4/5/2015 – Pema: Tools for Liberation

Nancy guided our reflections as we took in the fifth of Pema Chodron’s talks on Getting Unstuck: “Tools for Liberation.”  This talk furthers exploration of skillful means to deal with shenpa, the basic underlying hook of suffering, and you can listen to it here:



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3/29/2015 – Pema: Enjoying the Process

Margaret framed our reflections as we listened to the 4th talk of Pema Chodron’s “Getting Unstuck” retreat.  Here Pema continues her exploration of how one encounters, understands, and eventually moves beyond the force of ‘shenpa’ which underlies the suffering in our lives.

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3/22/2015 – Just before suffering

Lorilee guided our reflections this Sunday, as we listened to the third of Pema Chodron’s talks in her Getting Unstuck series, titled “Meditation: the Path to Enlightenment.”  You can access that talk by clicking here https://www.dropbox.com/s/4h0b9rortg2zh52/Pema%203%20Meditation_%20Path%20to%20Enlightenment.mp3?dl=0

Discussion centered primarily about the ways in which the experience of shenpa precedes even suffering.  It is the primary contraction which gives rise to suffering and to our attempts to relieve it (in ways that only perpetuate that very suffering)

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3/15/2015 – Pema on the root of suffering

This Sunday Payton guided our reflections on the second of Pema Chodron’s talks in the series titled “Getting Unstuck.”  Her dharma talk, titled “Exploring the Itch,” explores the key concept of Shenpa – a pre-conceptual impulse that lies beneath dukkha itself and gives rise to both suffering and unskillful strategies we resort to in order to evade suffering.  Since we are in a series of six talks, if you’d like to ‘catch up’ by listening to this talk before coming to hear the next one, click here


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3/8/2015 – Pema Chodron Series “Getting Unstuck”

Jessica framed our reflections this morning, playing the first of Pema’s talks in this “Getting Unstuck” series, titled “Learning to Stay.”  Our discussion largely centered around our own practices and the three ways in which we typically refuse to stay with what comes up in our meditation.

If you’d like to hear the talk, just for itself, or in preparation for next Sunday’s continuation, click here


These session will continue for six weeks, and you are welcome to join anywhere along the way.

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3/1/2015 – Tea Ceremony

Payton hosted us in a offering of the Chinese Tea Ceremony this Sunday.  Different in nature from the Japanese Tea Ceremony, this one is designed to serve – and awaken – a number of people at the same time, as we join in observing the preparation and then all partake of the tea at the same time.     Each phase of the ceremony is offered with great mindfulness and precision, and even to watch it is a meditation, quieting the mind, sharpening the senses.

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