The Benefits Of Perfecting Equanimity

This talk explores the 10th Parami, upekkha, typically translated as equanimity, or neutrality.  Peter describes an additional Buddhist term that applies to this Parami, tatramajjhattata, typically translated as “that quality of mind that is balanced in the middle“.  The cultivation and perfection of equanimity is a crucial aspect for the process of awakening (it is […]

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The Benefits Of Perfecting Lovingkindness

This week’s talk continues the exploration of the Paramis, the perfecting of mental characteristics during the process of awakening, focusing on Metta, lovingkindness.  This week’s presenter is Mike Maldonado, who has participated in a two week lovingkindness retreat and made a significant effort to research this topic.  Mike began by describing the characteristics of metta, […]

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Brian’s Retreat Review

As is our custom, one of the sangha members, Brian Tamm, talked about two recent retreat experiences: a 10 day retreat in the manner taught be S. N. Goenka, followed by a weekend retreat in the Korean Zen tradition.  He described the daily practice schedules followed during the first retreat, emphasizing the technical teachings of […]

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The Benefits Of Perfecting Determination

This week’s talk focused on the Parami of Determination (Adhitthana in Pali).  The current English word determination can have two applications: the first is resolve or commitment and the second is the ability to be clear about what delineates an object (an example would be involve determining the total cost of an item).  Peter used […]

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The Benefits Of Perfecting Truthfulness

This talk focuses on the Parami of Truthfulness (Sacca in Pali).  Truth is a core concept of Buddhism, most importantly at the core of the Four Noble Truths.  The traditional application of this Parami relates to verbal action, that is, Right Speech.  In this talk, Peter refers to the recently talk entitled “Buddhism And Existentialism”, […]

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Buddhism And Existentialism by Armando Garcia

This week’s talk involved a guest speaker, Armando Garcia, who recently wrote a book entitled “Buddhism & Existentialism-Not Self, Nothingness And Being”.  This was the topic of the evening’s discussion.  Armando explained the basic assumptions of existentialism, a Western philosophy developed in the late 19th and 20th centuries in Europe.  This philosophy has striking similarities […]

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The Benefits Of Perfecting Patience

Patience is the ability to train the mind to be non-reactive enough over a period of time for effective, mindful investigation to function well.  Most often, impatience is driven by urgency and attachment to an expected outcome, and is experienced as reactive impulsiveness.  During this talk, using the Four Noble Truths model, Peter suggested different […]

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