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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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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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How to see thoughts as thoughts

A “disturbance” can be described as stirring muddy water. When we keep our mind, which we are referring as muddy water, in silence, all the mud settles down and the water  becomes clear. However, when we constantly expose ourselves to unwholesome surroundings such as unhealthy relationships, our mind gets disturbed and we act out of […]

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Learning to play with poison

“I want more” “I wish that didn’t happen!” “Who cares?” Attraction. Aversion. Indifference. These endless reactions run our lives. In Buddhism they are traditionally called the three poisons. Are there any other options? In this class we are going to learn to play with poison. We’ll start by looking at how each poison shows up in […]

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Verse 1: The moment you knew there was no turning back

By Matt with support from Paul. This week we will work through Verse 1 and its commentary in Reflections on Silver River, Ken McLeod’s translation of Tokmé Zongpo’s Thirty-seven Practices of a bodhisattva. Here’s the verse: Right now, you have a good boat, fully equipped and available — hard to find. To free others and […]

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