February 2010 Blog Posts (4)

Lay Teachers in America: An Initial Report

I just returned from a meeting of Lay Zen Teachers who convened at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon on the weekend of February 19-21. This was a warm and important meeting of over 20 teachers from all over the U.S., and I was honored to have been part of this group and the first Lay Teacher's meeting. I want to offer a few reflections for the Appamada sangha which I hope will place some of these current events in perspective. This is my personal sense of things and is not the only… Continue

Added by Flint Sparks on February 28, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Mary Oliver's Appamada

Here is Mary Oliver's take on Appamada. Enjoy!

The Buddha’s Last Instruction…

Added by Ted Walls on February 22, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Deepening our practice

Sunday I responded to the many requests Flint and I have had for ways that you might deepen your practice, or "do something more." Here is a list of possibilities. Please do not think of this as a list of "shoulds." Instead, imagine that these are various ways to practice that you might find beneficial on your path. Some of these things are more appropriate at different times or stages of your development; some of them are right for one… Continue

Added by Peg Syverson on February 9, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Poems from Inquiry

Dear Sangha. Here are two poems from today's Inquiry - one by Mary Oliver which I read, and another by RIchard Wilbur that Krzys mentioned when he came up. We are indebted to these two authors for their work and their wisdom, borne of their practice. It was lovely to be with everyone and reconnect.


Mary Oliver

Don't think just now of the trudging forward of thought,

but of the wing-drive of unquestioning affirmation.

It's summer, you never saw… Continue

Added by Flint Sparks on February 2, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment



Appamada is not just the occasional mindful thought or attentive state of mind, it’s actually a commitment to being attentive. It’s more than just a meditative state of mind, it’s more than just being mindful. It has to do with that primary ethical or moral orientation we have in life, with which we bring into being whatever activity we’re engaged in. Whether in formal meditation, in our interactions with other people, in our social concerns, or in our political choices, it’s the energetic cherishing of what we regard as good.

—Stephen Batchelor


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