Generosity for the Orlando Insight Meditation Group

Supporting The Orlando Insight Meditation Group One of the traditional ways that individuals can foster their own spiritual development is through the practice of generosity (Dana, in Buddhist terms).  OIMG is dedicated to supporting the development of Buddhist principles and practices through providing introductory courses and periodic retreats.  As a registered non-profit corporation since the […]

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The Refuge Of Gratitude

It is the custom of the Orlando Insight Meditation Group to dedicate the Thanksgiving Eve talk to the topic of gratitude.  Peter described the Three Refuges of traditional Buddhism, that is, taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha from a different perspective:  the potential we all have for awakening, the principles and practices that […]

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The Dharma And The 12 Steps

An important factor in developing the process of awareness is to live a balanced and serene life.  During recent posts, Peter emphasized various psychological dysfunctions that hinder this development, and recent posts described how the Dharma can address addictions and relationships.  This week’s talk describes a system originating in Alcoholics Anonymous called the 12 steps, […]

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Codependency And The Dharma

Two weeks ago, the posting focused on Addictions and the Dharma; last week’s focus was on Relationships and the Dharma.  It seems reasonable to discuss how addictions affect relationships in the form of codependency.  Peter, who is a Certified Addictions Professional, described the history and dynamics of codependency, followed by how Buddhist principles and practices, […]

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Relationships And The Dharma

In the Upaddha Sutta, the Buddha explains to his attendant Ananda the crucial importance of relationship for realizing the Four Noble Truths (the quote is found in the notes attached to this posting).  Modern psychological research validates this belief–we are inherently social animals and co-create each other through our interpersonal exchanges.  the concepts are described […]

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Addiction And The Dharma

This talk continues the exploration of how Buddhist principles and practices can benefit mental health, in this case, addiction.  Peter is a Certified Addictions Professional as well as a psychotherapist, therefore he presented a view of the nature of addiction that focuses, not on the clinical diagnostic criteria, but an analysis of how any behavior […]

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder And The Dharma

This week’s discussion continues to explore the benefits of Buddhist psychology and mental health.  Peter began the talk by reading an article on  PTSD and the aftereffects of the war in Iraq to demonstrate the currency of this problem in our culture. He described the symptoms of PTSD and how the brain is changed in […]

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