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What Mindfulness Is and Is Not

What Mindfulness Is and Is Not

Every moment offers an opportunity for practice. We can notice the pleasant and unpleasant in every moment as well as whether our minds are being reactive or responsive when we are stressed. We can...

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Preparing for Transition

Preparing for Transition

When making a transition, it is important to examine clinging: What are we clinging to? Is it the right time to make the transition? Are we clinging because we are not yet ready to move on?...

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Working with Our Inner Gold

Working with Our Inner Gold

We sometimes project admirable traits onto others that we can't yet claim for ourselves. The Jungian psychologist Robert Johnson refers to these admirable traits as "inner gold." Mindfulness teaches...

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Developing Intuitive Awareness

Developing Intuitive Awareness

Presence of mind is required for us to clearly comprehend our intuitive awareness, or wise understanding, which can arise through any sense gate. To know what is called for in any moment and what is...

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Self-Discovery through Poetry

Self-Discovery through Poetry

It takes courage to be happy, to accept the way things are. We tend to forget that dukkha, or suffering, is an unavoidable part of conscious existence. However, we can strive to practice mindfully...

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Ambivalence

Ambivalence

Part 1 Ambivalence can arise whenever desire is present, but it is not problematic unless it becomes the predominant experience. Then ambivalence paralyzes us. It has myriad causes and can manifest...

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Ambiguity

Ambiguity

Part 1 Our inability to comprehend clearly the way things are can cause suffering for ourselves and others. It can show up in our communications, in our relationships, and in our spiritual practice....

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Sangha: The Third Jewel

Sangha: The Third Jewel

The Buddha taught that Three Refuges support us in our practice: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. In the sangha, the Third Jewel of these Three Refuges, we can reflect and find inspiration....

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Meaning of Sangha

Meaning of Sangha

We, as a sangha, support one another in our own practice. And, we reside, as a community, through our commonality of the dharma. Excerpt from talk given at Marin "All Sangha Meeting" on 09/20/2009...

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Equanimity: Vital for Freeing the Heart

Equanimity: Vital for Freeing the Heart

Equanimity is a balanced state of mind that is characterized by a benevolent attitude toward all beings as well as an accepting attitude toward the ever changing conditions of life. In this talk...

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Two Aspects of Forgiveness Practice

Two Aspects of Forgiveness Practice

Practicing forgiveness is not about being able to forgive in the moment; it is about having the intention to forgive, even if our ability to forgive right now is lacking. Why do we resist...

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Emotional Resilience

Emotional Resilience

Mindfulness practice helps us develop resiliency, the capacity to recover from loss and trauma. By cultivating panna or wisdom, and by practicing compassion, loving-kindness, and reflection, we...

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Endings and Beginnings

Endings and Beginnings

Why are new beginnings so difficult? How can an ending support a new beginning? Life is dynamic and thus challenges us continually to open to the new. Consciousness, the Brahma-viharas, and the...

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Time and Death: Dealing with Darkness

Time and Death: Dealing with Darkness

In this talk given just before the winter solstice when nights are long, Phillip uses the outer darkness as an analogy for our inner darkness and examines how the darkness can serve us on the...

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Mastery in Meditation Practice

Mastery in Meditation Practice

As a memorial to his friend George Leonard, Phillip discusses Leonard’s work on mastery and examines it from a Buddhist perspective. Approaching mastery as an orientation to life rather than as...

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Getting Past Being Stuck

Getting Past Being Stuck

What can we do when we’re stuck in a relationship, a job, or any other area of our lives? Making “stuckness” the object of our meditation offers the possibility of shifting our experience from one...

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The Pervasiveness of Habitual Striving

The Pervasiveness of Habitual Striving

When we investigate suffering, we frequently find that striving is present, often in subtle and barely recognizable forms. The dharma is helpful in showing us if we are clinging as well as striving,...

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Steadiness of Mind

Steadiness of Mind

On the cushion and in practicing mindfulness in daily life, steadiness of mind is a vital skill. Steadiness of mind has different meaning at different levels of practice, but it can be cultivated...

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Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Seven Factors of Enlightenment

There are seven factors of enlightenment or qualities of mind that allow insight to arise. These factors can be cultivated both on the cushion and in daily life. Dharma Wisdom with Phillip Moffitt ·...

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