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The Three Levels of Mastery

Originally posted on the Muse blog on October 14, 2015. Jet Li is a martial arts legend who mastered kung fu and all eighteen arms of wushu (saber, spear, sword, halberd, axe, battle-axe, hook, fork, whip, mace, hammer, talon, trident-halberd, cudgel, long-handed spear, short cudgel, stick and meteor hammer). He has starred in many films […]

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Dedication

This past summer I had the chance to attend a Vajrayana retreat with Meditation Teachers Joel and Michelle Levey.  A major retreat take-away for me was the dedication practice.  After each guided meditation, mindfulness talk or activity we would take a moment to dedicate the fruit of our practice to the liberation of all sentient […]

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Gathas: Mindfulness Verses

It was great exploring gathas(a.k.a. “mindfulness verses”) with LG a couple weeks ago. Gathas are small verses or poems which we use to help us in our mindfulness practice. Usually we learn them and recite them silently to ourselves whilst we engage in different activities, such as washing the dishes or riding on the subway. For […]

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On the post-meditation experience

I had a bit of a personally jarring experience in the middle of the first class. We had finished our group meditation (20 minutes) and were taking a short break before the second part of the class. People were chatting, grabbing snacks, and milling about. There was a conversation in the group I was standing […]

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On counting on the in-breath

The reason I enjoy the in-breath counting exercise is precisely because it’s so bizarre that I can’t help but be immersed in the experience. My biggest struggle with out-breath counting (or no counting) is that there is a lot of space for my mind to wander without me realizing it. I can have ten thoughts […]

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Welcome to the LG bLoG

A few people have asked to be able to post about there meditation experiences, so we have set up this blog so they can do just that.  If you want to join in, email paulbaranowski@gmail.com and ask for an account!  

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