Meditation, the Christian Way

I suppose it depends on who is reading this passage, but the way I see it, Jesus was telling his followers to be mindful. He urges us to find the silence within ourselves in the face of God, because in the light of the divine we see our truest self. In turn, we see the true nature of God, the true nature of our reality, and draw near the mind of Christ as the apostle Paul so aptly stated…

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Becoming a Mind Mechanic

“The Buddha’s last words instructed us to be heedful—to see our actions as important and to keep that importance in mind at all times.” –Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Meditations

The flickering mind

Most people who are vaguely familiar with the teachings believe that Buddhism is simply a religious form of nihilism (what a contradiction that would be). Before I began studying the buddha-dharma, I remember hearing about the concept of nirvana (or nibbāna ) and thinking how dismal it sounded. Most westerners understand nirvana as nothingness. It is half true, but we must remember that even nothingness is something.

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Hatred is Heart Breaking

Do Not Hate

The quotes above encompass an idea that is probably familiar to many, if not all of us, whether we are religious or not: love your enemies. It is a very noble concept, but one of the most difficult philosophies to follow.

In fact, I think many people, whether consciously or unconsciously, write it off immediately as something reserved for ‘pious,’ ‘enlightened,’ or even stupid people. And indeed, when looking at those passages out of context, the words almost seem to mock us. 

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The Joys of Loving-Kindness

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Introducing Lovingkindness into My Life

I sit down to meditate every morning for 30 minutes to an hour as time and will permit. Meditation is the staple of my day. If perchance I miss a sitting, which doesn’t happen often, my day feels incomplete. More than that, however, is the awareness that I have to work much harder to connect with others throughout the day than if I had taken the time to sit. I believe there are two reasons for this…

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The Perils of Attachment: Repression vs. Detachment

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Attachment Shapes Our Existence

When I speak to others about the Buddhist concept of detachment, sometimes someone will say, ‘that just sounds like repression to me.’ While I certainly understand the thinking there, I do think there is an important difference between repression and detachment…

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Introduction to Buddhist Doctrine

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The Buddha taught that there are three marks of existence: impermanence (anicca), suffering (dukkha), and selflessness (anatta). All three of these marks are of paramount importance. However, one of these marks in particular is regarded within the central doctrine of all sects of Buddhism…

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Jesus vs. Buddha on Forgiveness

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Now, the title is a tad misleading (but compelling, no?). Understand, it is not my aim to put these two wisest of teachers at odds. On the contrary, I seek to make a sound comparison between the two. Whether or not I succeed will be entirely up to you…Continue reading the post on forgiveness at the new Urban Spiritual!

Tango: More than Just a Dance

A little over 2 years ago I fell victim to a serious addiction: Argentine Tango.  Since that time I’ve been studying, teaching, and generally nerding out on everything Tango. The longer I dance the more certain I am of one simple truth: Tango is Life. Read more about tango and human connection at Urban Spiritual.