Rest In The Openness Of Mind

This past Wednesday, we introduced and began sitting with this month’s Lojong slogan, Rest In The Openness Of Mind. Here are my notes from the introduction. Our first four lojong slogans were Resolve to Begin/Train in the Preliminaries, See Everything as a Dream, Examine the Nature of Awareness, and Don’t Get Stuck On Peace. You may have…

Don’t Get Stuck On Peace

  Notes from Compassion Practice Thursday, April 6, 2017 Lojong Slogan 4: Don’t Get Stuck on Peace Our first three lojong slogans were Train in the Preliminaries, See Everything as a Dream, and Examine the Nature of Awareness. They’re each very encouraging. They feel soothing, and in these days of strife and upset, it’s been…

March Lojong: Examine the Nature of Awareness

Notes for Training In Compassion, March 2, 2017 Our first Lojong slogan, Train in the Preliminaries, was all about getting started. Setting an intention. Carving out time. Taking risks with our precious routines. Committing to establishing a new practice or rededicating ourselves to an existing practice. The second slogan, See Everything as a Dream, encouraged…

Lojong 2: See Everything as a Dream

Last month, we explored the first of 59 lojong slogans (we’re going to be at this for quite some time!)– “Train in the preliminaries”. As folks who regularly hit the cushion and who are committed to being awake during a time in which the easiest thing to do might just to be to go back…

Resolve to Begin: Training in the Preliminaries

For those of you who were unable to attend the first two weeks of Appamada Alpine, I wanted to give you a summary of what went down (besides butts on cushions) and where we’re going from here. Each Thursday will feature two periods of zazen: one at 6:15am and one at 6:15pm. The morning sit is designed for those of us…