September 2012 Blog Posts (6)

No Boundaries

This was the dharma talk this morning. Some folks asked for a print version, so here it is. It is also posted in the wiki archives here:

No Boundaries

Peg Syverson


In the past few weeks several people have talked to me about some similar struggles: how to manage the expectations and demands…


Added by Peg Syverson on September 30, 2012 at 1:29pm — 1 Comment

Beyond Asana

Dear Appamada Community,

After participating in the intensive this weekend, I wrote a reflection of my experience and thought I would share it with you here. With deep gratitude--Morgan

Beyond Asana


Rumi says, “Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that green grass the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phraseeach…


Added by Morgan Osmani on September 26, 2012 at 3:09pm — 5 Comments


This morning I settled into my morning routine after the two and one half day Appamada full-time intensive.  At the end of my usual three-page journal entry I found myself writing, “So, now, what do I do/talk about?  The myriad of little activities I face this week?  My calm, easy feeling right now?  The clear grayish-blue sky with the lighter tinge at the horizon promising the day?  The deafening silence of the moment, an extraordinary occurrence?  The drip of the condensation off the…


Added by Joan Harman on September 24, 2012 at 9:59am — No Comments

Tai Chi and Chi Gung

Some of you have asked about Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Tai Chi is an ancient martial art and moving meditation. Chi Kung is a still and moving internal development exercise. Both are nice ways to support seated meditation. I have been practicing for 20 years and teaching the past ten. I teach in Central Austin and now that the weather is cooler it is much more pleasant. If you'd like to find out more: or just ask me.

Added by Jim Williams on September 15, 2012 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

The Encouragement of Light

Dear Sangha,

I was remiss in turning on the recorder this week for Inquiry and I have had several people ask if I would post some of the essential points of my talk, including the poetry.  Here are a few notes, a brief reflection, and Hafiz.

I began by suggesting that everything that we hear is being heard through awake presence.  Everything we see is being seen by awake presence.  We are Buddha's eyes and Buddha's ears. We inhabit Buddha's body, breath and heart.



Added by Flint Sparks on September 12, 2012 at 8:09pm — 1 Comment

Being Time

The Sunday dharma talk was about Time, and started like this:

I went out for a walk today, or today as I am writing this, but actually yesterday when I am telling you this, which is still in the future as I write. When I woke up and thought, I’ll go for a walk this morning, that walk was in the future. But actually it was in that present moment while I was thinking of it. Now it is in the past. Or is it?

The concept of time in Buddhism is very different from our conventional…


Added by Peg Syverson on September 9, 2012 at 6:03pm — 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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