Spring 2017 Amaravati Newsletter Available If you are in (or travelling to England) be sure to check out Amaravati Monastery‘s website, where we note that the Spring 2017 issue of Looking Ahead (their quarterly newsletter) is now available. I love the look of its masthead: The newsletter itself has a wealth of information, including (among other things) news of new […]
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). It was definitely well received, and I know I benefited from it. […]
Bhikkhu Bodi’s most recent book (December, 2016) is entitled The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon It is but one of Wisdom Publications many excellent resources for those following a Buddhist Path. It is a timely addition to our bookshelves. You can preview it here.
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 […]
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!
So . . . now what? Would it not be highly beneficial for genus Homo* to take this ‘Forest Wisdom’ out of seclusion (off the cushion) and into a wider world? Are we not all in great need of it (whether we know or no)? Mahatma Gandhi’s famous admonition, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service […]
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 […]