Anxiety And The Dharma

This talk explores the current understanding of anxiety and how regular mindfulness meditation practices can foster relief.  As a mental health professional, Peter included in the notes the various clinical diagnostic criteria and an overview of the various anxiety disorders.  The cultivation  of samadhi/passadhi (stable focus of attention/tranquility) was emphasized as a way to reduce […]

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Stress and the Dharma

This week’s talk focused on how Buddhist concepts and practices can be beneficially applied to contemporary distress.  Peter cited recent research that reports the frequency of stress-related physical and psychological disorders.  Peter’s many years as a psychothereapist as well as a practicing Buddhist provide important insights regarding these issues.  Unfortunately, technical problems with the recording […]

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Upcoming Events

Buddhist Meditation Retreats Lovingkindness Meditation Residential Retreat Saint Leo FL, December 8 – 10, 2017 Seven-Day Buddhist Meditation Retreat Deerhaven Retreat Center, March 3 – 10, 2018 (Details TBA) Buddhist Meditation Classes The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Four Monday Evenings, October 30 – November 20, 2017 Buddhist Intensive Study Group (MBCT) Winter Park FL, Dates […]

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Emptiness And Fullness Meditation

This guided meditation accompanies the posted talk on September 20 entitled “Emptiness And Fullness September 20 2017”.  The meditation proceeds from mindfulness of breathing to a systematic sweeping of investigative attention through the body.  As this is practice, the dominating attentional energy normally dedicated to internal narrative is significantly reduced, instead dedicating investigative attention persistently […]

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Emptiness And Fullness

This talk is a continuation from the posting of September 6 entitled “The Five Aggregates And Emptiness”.  This discussion elaborates on a guided meditation, posted separately, that facilitates how to use body sweep meditation to cultivate a primary, holistic awareness of body sensations to “starve” the selfing process of attention and opening to the awareness […]

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Updated Introductory Meditation Course

As was announced last week, the introductory course entitled “Meditations On The Noble Eightfold Path” was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. The new dates for the course are September 25-October 16, at the Women’s Club  Of Winter Park.  The topic will be the core Buddhist concept of the Four Noble Truths, and during each of […]

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The Five Aggregates And Emptiness

The concept of emptiness (sunnata in Pali) is a core aspect of the Buddhist Awakening process.  This is the first of two discussions of emptiness, with the focus on how the operation of the Five Aggregates, Form, Feeling, Perception, Mental Formations and Consciousness creates the false belief in a separate, enduring and autonomous self.  Each […]

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