Introduction to Meditation

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Meditation Class Notes Introducing Buddhist meditation techniques to Westerners (in this quietly desperate land of I, Me, Mine) is particularly challenging, I think. I recently was privileged to attend a six-week meditation course at my local Insight Center (mtstream.org) presented by one of our dedicated lay-sangha members, Bruce Pardoe (bpardoe@asklove.org). It was definitely well received, and I know I benefited from it. […]

The Elephant in the Room (Bhikkhu Bodi discusses Donald Trump)

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There are few serious students of Buddhism that have not heard of Bhikkhu Bodhi. Here’s his bio from the Bodhi Monastery website: Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972). Drawn […]

Ajahn Amaro’s Spiritual Journey

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I always enjoy Ajahn Amaro’s talks. Here, he traces his own spiritual journey, a long and winding road—which culminated in 2010 with his becoming Abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. A favorite moment: “…where freedom is found—it’s in here.“ So, without further ado, here’s the Venerable Ajahn Amaro talk at Stanford: Enjoy!

Gratitude

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Sangha on zafus, zafus on zabutons, zabutons on our Temple floor . . . Home at last!   A deep bow of gratitude to John Travis, Heather Sundberg, and the many sangha members through whom the heart of the Mountain Stream‘s Nevada City Insight Center, is made manifest. Although this site is not affiliated with Mountain Stream, without its members’ inspiring presence, I […]