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January 11th: Verse 14 of Reflections on Silver River

First half: Matthew, Teacher-in-training Second half: Paul, Senior teacher This week we will work through Verse 14 and its commentary in Reflections on Silver River, Ken McLeod’s translation of Tokmé Zongpo’s Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. Verse 14 from Reflections on Silver River: Even if someone broadcasts to the whole universe Slanderous and ugly rumors […]

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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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Give up bad friends

After I started practicing meditation, one of the first things that I discovered was how insecure I felt about myself. Since I was a kid, I was not satisfied with who I was. In my eyes, I was never good enough. I was sitting in a café with some friends a few months after I […]

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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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