Sam hosted this session on Freedom, with differing perspectives offered by three dharma teachers: Jack Cornfield, Tara Brach, and Christina Feldman. “A Taste of Freedom”,  Christina Feldman, 12-27-08,  [0:00—1:38 and 9:38-19:37]. “The Great Perfection: The Taste of Freedom”,  Tara Brach, 10-5-99, [0:00-22:01]. “Freedom and the Way it is…”, Jack Kornfield, 9-6-10,  [10:53-15:52].

11/1/2015 – Stream Entry (1)

Michael guided our reflections today with a talk on Stream Entry, the first definitive stage of Awakening, after which there is really no turning back. A variety of canonical readings on Stream Entry can be found at The story of Siddhartha’s bowl floating upstream can be found in The Buddhacarita  or  Acts of theContinue reading “11/1/2015 – Stream Entry (1)”

5/31/2015 – Generosity & Graditude

In our final meeting at Nancy’s Studio, Margaret guided our reflections on the twinned themes of Generosity and Gratitude.  These were, needless to say, deeply appropriate themes, since the sangha is deeply grateful for Nancy’s generosity in providing this beautiful space in which our sangha has met for the last several years.  Our reflections wereContinue reading “5/31/2015 – Generosity & Graditude”

5/10/2015 – Not-Self: Through the Looking Glass

Michael guided our reflections today, centering on a Dharma talk by artist and dharma teacher Marcia Rose, from the Forest Refuge, in which she explored the elusive and central experience of Not-Self in Buddhist practice.  Each time we look at this topic, different perspectives seem to be revealed, which is perhaps why Rose titles herContinue reading “5/10/2015 – Not-Self: Through the Looking Glass”

4/26/2015 – Nirvana

The topic today was Nirvana, and Sam guided our reflections on this topic which, by definition, is beyond words and thoughts.  Still, we had a fruitful exploration, as Sam shared excerpts from several different dharma teachers and sages on the topic, including “Nirvana and Transcendence” by Rob Burbea and “Your Original Face” by StephenContinue reading “4/26/2015 – Nirvana”