August 2009 Blog Posts (3)

Book review: The Passionate Mind Revisited-interesting shift from '74

"The Passionate Mind Revisited," authors Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad.

(I chanced across the review. The book is a sequel to a book published in 1974. The authors have a different world view & a different attitude toward meditation & mindfulness. Their world view reminds me of Flint's & Peg's orientation. Lisa) Entire review:

Alstad suggests "meditation that's not based on trying to be in the now or trying to… Continue

Added by Lisa Kuntz on August 25, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Precepts Ceremony

You are warmly invited to a ceremony of taking the precepts Wednesday, September 2, during the Wednesday evening program. Zazen will begin at 7:30, with the ceremony following the first sitting, at 8:00. You are welcome to come either at 7:30 for the sitting, or at 8:00 for just the ceremony.

Throughout his lifetime the Buddha taught the precepts, to kings and farmers, to monks and disciples. They are the foundation for Buddhist life in the world and a description of awakened being.… Continue

Added by Peg Syverson on August 22, 2009 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

you can change

An interesting article on stress and neuroplasticity in the New York Times. Quote from the article: “The brain is a very resilient and plastic organ,” he said. “Dendrites and synapses retract and reform, and reversible remodeling can occur throughout life.”

From the same article: "Why should the stressed brain be prone to habit formation? Perhaps to help shunt as many behaviors as possible over to… Continue

Added by Bill Smith on August 20, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments



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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