Shift Into Freedom? No Problem!

Last night, Mary led us in an introduction to the work of Loch Kelly, author of Shift Into Freedom. Here is an interview with Kelly in which he gives an overview of the process of what he calls “unhooking” awareness. He uses a series of guided meditations that he calls “glimpses”. Here is one of the…

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…

Changing To Wednesdays!

Starting this week, meditation will shift from Thursdays to Wednesdays, 6:10 a.m. and p.m. This will allow us to participate in future Thursday videoconference classes offered by Appamada in Austin, and it will hopefully open up our meditation time to some folks who haven’t been able to join us regularly due to other Thursday activities….

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…

Your Body Knows The Answer

This evening, we enjoyed our first, fifth-Thursday of the month meditation–body awareness practice–trying out a meditative technique known as GAP from David Rome’s book, Your Body Knows The Answer. You all know and have experienced what Rome calls the felt sense. Butterflies when you’re about to go before a group or on a first date. A chill…

Closed for Spring Break!

Just a reminder that Appamada Alpine will be closed Thursday, March 16. We’ll resume events on Monday, March 20th, joining Appamada Austin via video conference for the Depth in Practice Study Group’s book, Mother of the Buddhas. Happy Spring!

New Podcast Site

Appamada Austin is moving to a new website. At the moment Appamada’s podcasts are working via Google Play podcasts, but are not updating via iTunes. We hope to have this problem solved later this week. In the meantime, please use the Soundcloud app or listen via Soundcloud.com on your computer. Once in Soundcloud, search for…

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…

Tonight’s Koan Practice: Zhaozhou’s Dog.

Koan Practice, February 23, 2017 Book of Serenity, Case 18: Zhaozhou’s “Dog” Introduction A gourd floating on the water—push it down and it turns: a jewel in the sunlight—it has no definite shape. It cannot be attained by mindfulness, nor known by mindfulness. Immeasurably great people are turned about in the stream of words—is there…