February 2017 – Ruth King

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One Mind Dharma is excited to announce Ruth King as our Person of the Month for February 2017. She’s a truly inspiring person and teacher. She’s a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C., leads the Dedicated Practicioners Program at Spirit Rock in Woodacre, California, and teaches across the country.You can check out www.RuthKing.net for her schedule of …

Sharon Salzberg

March 2017 – Sharon Salzberg

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Sharon Salzberg is an incredible teacher known for teaching the Buddhist heart practices. Often when preparing our own dharma talks on metta or generosity we find ourselves turning to Sharon Salzberg’s teachings to guide us. She has written many books including the beautifully and simply written Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. This book especially has informed our own meditation …

Body Scan Meditation

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Body scan meditations are a wonderful way to practice, tuning into the natural experience in the body. As a beginner, a body scan meditation can help you settle into present-time experience and begin to investigate the physical body. Resting with the body can provide great insight, ease, and help us in all other practices (including daily life). I often start …

Compassion Meditation

Compassion Meditation Works

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Compassion practice is an integral part of Buddhist meditation. It is often described as being one of the two wings to meditation practice. One wing is compassion or the heart practices. The other wing is wisdom or insight practices. The goal of compassion meditation is to increase feelings of compassion as well as making us act more compassionately toward ourselves …

January 2017 – Ajahn Chah

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Ajahn Chah is one of the most influential teachers in Western Buddhism. He taught in Thailand and founded two monasteries there in the Thai Forest Tradition. Although he taught in Asia, many notable westerners went to train with him. Some of his students include Jack Kornfield, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Sumedho, and Ajahn Brahm. He is one of our favorite teachers …

December 2016 – Tara Brach

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Tara Brach Tara Brach is simply one of our favorite teachers. Her books Radical Acceptance and True Refuge have touched us deeply, and we have read both multiple times. Tara is the founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. and serves as the guiding teacher to the community. Whether you listen to her meditations, attend one of …

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Right Livelihood in Buddhism

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Right livelihood is one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path that is talked about least. We discuss other factors with more frequency and don’t take a deep look at right livelihood. Money is an important part of our society. In general, we need it to live, to eat, and to take care of ourselves. Because of the importance …

Breaking Down Delusion

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Delusion is one of the Three Poisons in Buddhism, one of the three foundational causes of our dukkha, suffering. We all experience it, even if we don’t recognize it (that’s the nature of delusion). Delusion is pervasive, and hard for us to see sometimes. When we avert from unpleasant experiences or find ourselves clinging to pleasant experiences, the suffering may …

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Learning to Observe

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When you sit in meditation, what does your practice look like? When we sit in meditation practice, we practice observing what is occurring in our present-time experience. One of our tendencies is to pick each experience apart intellectually or to try to fix an experience or response. The Thai Forest monk Ajahn Chah stressed the importance of letting go in …