A Path of Peace
Transforming Our Daily Lives through Meditation and Reflections on the Wisdom of Buddhism
 
Resources - Homegrown
 
These articles and Dharma Talks were written by our own teachers.
We hope you find them both interesting and helpful in your practice.
Certainly, they'll give you a feel for our approach to the Dharma.
  
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Meditation Practice Articles

Introduction to Walking Meditation (Jan., 2019)
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If you haven't been to a retreat (or attended and of our weekly sittings) you may be unfamiliar with Walking Meditation. This is something you can easily try on your own - and this article may encourage you to give it a try. 

So You Want to Try Meditating
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This article is written primarily for beginners. It offers discussion as well as basic instruction for concentration practice. 

Metta Sutta and Practice Instructions 
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The sutta is of course ascribed to the Buddha. This translation is by thhe Amaravati Sangha, courstesy of AccesstoInsight.org. Jon wrote the practice instructions, first presenting a very traditional approach, then suggesting ways to personalize the practice. The last instructions were written for a dharma talk given around Memorial Day. It shows how metta practice can be adapted to investigate and open the heart to the vast host of persons touched by special aspects of the human condition (e.g., war). 

The Metta Sutta
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A while back Jon decided to memorize the Metta Sutta, which over time led to investigating this profound teaching on a line-by-line basis. This article tries to convey what came to mind.

Metta vs. Mundane Love
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The Pali term metta is commonly translated as loving kindness. This has a special meaning that sets it quite far apart from how the term "love" is frequently (ab)used in our society. This article explores these differences.
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Vipassana (Insight Meditation) Instructions -
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This is a series of meditation instructions given at the beginning of four successive meditation sittings, at a daylong retreat in 2017. They are elaborations on four brief (but profound) vipassana instructions found in the Anapanasati Sutta.
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Dharma Talks (as text, newest first​)

"To Be Determined" - Jy (May, 2019)
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This phrase usually implies "I haven't yet made up my mind". This talk is about just the opposite - cultivating Right Intention and implementing it with Right Effort.
Go for it!

Refuge From the Worldly Winds - Jy (March, 2019)
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Does the rollercoaster ride of daily life - the constant ups and downs - have you down? You're not the only one. This might help a bit.

Clear Comprehension - JY (Jan., 2018)
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Moral Failing and Redemption - the Angulimala Sutta - JY (Dec., 2017)
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On Expectations (from a day retreat, Dec., 2016)
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The Cloudy Late Afternoon of the Soul - JY (Nov., 2016)
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