December 2016 Blog Posts (3)

Spiritual Warriors

In Tuesday’s inquiry, I talked about Spiritual Warriors. You can listen here ( and also find copies of my map and the meditation from Milarepa that we used at the beginning.

The common view of meditation practice is that it is…


Added by Peg Syverson on December 22, 2016 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Appamada Alpine Launching 1/5/17

I'm excited to announce that Appamada Alpine (aka my living room in Alpine, Texas) will open for meditation on Thursday, January 5, 2017. 

We'll start off with morning and evening meditation (6:15 am and pm) and see where that leads. We'll also participate with the Austin sangha in the Depth in Practice Study Group. 

Here's our website:

I hope to…


Added by Vaughn Grisham on December 14, 2016 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Tuesday Inquiry: What is here if there is no problem to solve?

Alas, last week’s inquiry did not record. However, I will share some of my reflections about it here. We began with an experiment, an exercise from the book Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness, by Loch Kelly, a teacher in the tradition of Adyashanti. I’ve not finished the book, but I wanted to explore some of the exercises he suggests.

Here is the exercise we tried on Tuesday.…


Added by Peg Syverson on December 10, 2016 at 8:00pm — 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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