Author Archive: Matthew Baggetta

When You Are Rich and Famous

For more on my experience of intensive meditation teacher training in the heart of Toronto, check out my previous post: Adventures in Shamelessness During my first year of training, my meditation teacher Paul was incredibly available and generous with his time, instruction, and attention. Even though I didn’t yet know that attention, like writing, was a […]

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Listening to the call of your heart

“With your way of being, you inspire motivation that is no longer about attaining individual liberation, although it includes that; it is not just about helping all beings to be free, although it includes that as well; it is motivation to regard and be with everything we experience right now – and the whole world […]

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Begning Anew

I’d been to Plum Village Monastery in France many times, but one time I visited with my partner Bob. I planned to stay for a week, while Bob planned to stay for 4 or 5 days and then explore the nearby city of Bordeaux. At first, things went well, but then there seemed to be […]

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What are you looking for in your practice?

This week we continue with Verse 9 from Reflections on Silver River, Ken McLeod’s translation of Tokme Zongpo’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisatva. What are you looking for in your practice? For me, I started practice to find a way out of suffering. But as I got into it, I wondered: what would it even […]

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The six ways of emotional reactivity

This week’s verse in Reflections on Silver River, Ken McLeod’s translation of Tokme Zongpo’s original text 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva is based on something called The Six Realms. In Wake Up to Your Life, McLeod gives precise, detailed explanations of how The Six Realms can be used as an experiential metaphor to examine the habituated ways we tend to […]

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What reliably cuts through patterned behavior?

Locked up in the prison of their own patterning Ordinary gods cannot protect anyone. Where, then do you go for refuge? Go for refuge in what is reliable, the Three Jewels – this is the practice of the Bodhisattva – Verse 7, Reflections on Silver River This week we continue to explore Ken McLeod’s translation […]

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Buddhist psychology & the wolves within

There’s an Cherokee legend called The Wolves Within. It goes like this. An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, “Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so […]

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What’s a ‘meditation teacher’ anyway?

When I first met my meditation teacher Paul a few years ago I was just dipping my toe into the ocean of meditative practice at a time when my life was pretty terrible. Paul has over a decade of experience, and is a student of meditation elders Ken McLeod and Thich Nhat Hahn. He’s also […]

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Mindful consumption: Learning to savour experience

Thich Nhat Hahn’s Five Mindfulness Trainings are a set of lifestyle principles and practices designed to help you move away from habits (of thinking, behaving and speaking) that congeal suffering, and towards maximizing joy, peace and happiness in every moment–regardless of the vicissitudes of life. ‘Mindfulness’ is the practice of being aware of whatever is […]

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Learning to die to reactivity

“What matters when you consider death can come at any moment? Wealth? Reputation? Possessions? Family? Enjoy these things but don’t let them run your life. Instead, do what is called for in each moment of your life, this is the practice of a bodhisattva.” -Ken McLeod When my husband and I arrived at my cousin’s […]

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