We continued to explore mindful speech this week. Last night’s dhamma talk focused on the development of empathy, and an investigation of the extent to which self-interest affects our communications. I appreciate a discourse in the Samyutta Nikaya (S. 55:7) that describes the Buddhist equivalent of the Golden Rule — do unto others as you [...]
In our Mindful Speech series this week I asked students to reflect on the 4 aspects of speech that the Buddha listed in a discussion with Prince Abhaya (Middle Length Discourses 58). These four aspects are: 1) Is it true and correct? 2) Is it beneficial and useful? 3) Will it be welcome, pleasing and [...]
At some point in the development of the practice, everyone feels discouraged. For some people disappointment is an occasional hindrance; for other meditators discouragement is a chronic obstacle. There is a story in the Pali Canon of a young monk named Venerable Sona. He practiced walking meditation so diligently that the soles of his feet [...]
I was recently interviewed by Ted Meissner of the Secular Buddhist Association. I hope you will enjoy the podcast. The discussion revolves around my book, Focused and Fearless, and the use of concentration and jhana practice. It includes quite a bit of my personal background and thoughts about meditation practice.