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Developing a Daily Meditation Practice: Practice Tips

Practice Tip #6 – Practice patience On certain days we may find our sits to be spacious and relaxing, while others are filled with racing thoughts and distractions; this is natural. It is unrealistic to expect ourselves to be able to transform all of the things we struggle with overnight or even in a couple […]

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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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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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