December 2010 Blog Posts (4)

Christmas Cheer

A co-worker of mine sent the following NPR article to another co-worker and to myself after we shared a brief conversation on the history of Christmas. This is the link to the article:



Added by Eric on December 23, 2010 at 4:20pm — 1 Comment

How to get what you want

This is the season where personal longing and cultural expectations are ramped up in the media and by corporate greed. Most of the time we don’t actually give very much thought to what others want; we are too wrapped up in our own self-centered dream. Suddenly, there is a high level of expectation and that expectation escalates in our own minds the closer someone is to us: a child, a life partner, a dear friend, and sometimes we find we are in anguish. Now that we are adults, we don’t expect…


Added by Peg Syverson on December 19, 2010 at 3:39pm — 2 Comments

Be a light unto yourself

Inquiry Reflection: November 30, 2010

Flint Sparks

“Be a light unto yourself”

This is a very famous quote from the Mahaparinibbana Sutta which chronicles the events and teachings at the very end of the Buddha’s life. He speaks about diligently practicing in order to know what it true for ourselves, not relying solely on the teachings of others, including the Buddha himself. Of course, the image of light is very compelling. It… Continue

Added by Flint Sparks on December 7, 2010 at 3:41pm — 1 Comment

Integrated Intensive - Day One and Two Lessons

About two weeks ago in practice discussion, I admitted to Flint that I was dissapointted that they had decided to make the December Intensive an Integrated Intensive. I had been so looking forward to the deepening of practice that comes from the long hours of Zazen packed into a short time period. For weeks I was pondering doing the AZC Rohatsu Sesshin instead. Or perhaps driving to Dallas to attend a Sesshin at Maria Kannon Zen Center. The integrated intensive just didn't seem like the kind of… Continue

Added by Todd Bankler on December 2, 2010 at 10:30pm — 5 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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