Category Meditation

Long Term Plans (Meditation Retreat)

I’m sure all of my readers are familiar with making plans, and in particular, how plans often change many times before being carried out (or abandoned altogether). I know it isn’t wise to get too attached to plans, especially the long-term kind, but I’ve also learned that if I don’t set certain “goal posts” in the […]

Engaging with other “Convert” Buddhists

Occasionally over the past couple months I’ve chosen to visit a little Dharma center in Northside, maybe 10 miles from my home. It is an English-speaking group that does a group meditation for an hour on Sundays and holds short Dhamma talks on the first Sunday of each month. It is a simple get-together that […]

Simile of the Sleepy Two-Year-Old

I sat briefly in meditation this morning and, as usually happens, my mind conjured up random thoughts. Today I decided to develop one of the thoughts more thoroughly afterward my sitting, and below is the result. It is a simile, based loosely on the manner in which the Buddha would occasionally expound a lesson with […]

Boredom, or Quietness

Quietness can manifest as boredom to the untrained mind… which is not meant to imply that mine is anything but untrained. I have found a bit of fascination with boredom though, and with the quietness that can come along with it. Boredom seems to imply an apparent “need” to go out and do something. I’m […]

Establishing Quiet Space

Some of the blogs I have been reading have suggested the idea of setting aside sacred space for one’s spiritual contemplation, development, or just for simple quiet time. In a manner of speaking, I’ve had a space designated in that manner for nearly six months, but it wasn’t quite separate from the rest of the activity […]

Strengthening One’s Practice as an Investment

I have thought about this a lot over the last few weeks, the idea of strengthening one’s spiritual practice. The desire, the resolve, to do the work obviously comes first, but actually practicing takes time, effort, and by doing the work, you not only strengthen the practice of that work, but the resolve to continue […]

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