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Sick in Body and Healthy in Mind: The Wise Medicine of the Four Noble Truths

One of our VIMS study groups is working with Bhikkhu Analayo’s Mindfully Facing Disease and Death. The book is filled with a great deal of valuable and very practical information, all of which fosters what might be called “everyday compassion,” as well as its related wise action. Though the book’s primary focus is on how…

A Balancing Act: The Protective Quality of Wise Mindfulness

Quite a number of us at Valley Insight––those in all our weekly sitting groups as well as in the biweekly study group––have been revisiting, reflecting on, and practicing in such a way as to develop wise mindfulness. Such mindfulness (called sati, in the Pali language of the Buddhist scriptures) is a quality of heart-mind that…

Spiritual Friendship: A Relational Path

“I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One [the Buddha] was living among the Sakyans. Now there is a Sakyan town named Sakkara. There Ven. Ananda went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to the Blessed One, sat to one side. As he was sitting there, Ven. Ananda said…

We Croak: A Return to Joy

“If I were asked to recommend just one single meditation practice, I would probably opt for recollection of death. This is because of it transformative power.” ––Bhikkhu Analayo, Satipatthana: A Practice Manual In a March 14, 2018 interview on the “10% Happier Podcast,” Hansa Bergwall talked with Dan Harris about the new cell phone application…

A Glimmer of Hope in the Year of the Heart-Mind

On New Year’s Day 2019, a steady and committed group of us from the VIMS community once again sat together in the barn at 14 Green Street to silently welcome and begin our life in this new year. Staying with our annual tradition, we preceded our meditation with a reading of several different translations of…

A New Year’s Resolution Becomes a Community of Care

A caring awareness leads to life; Heedless avoidance is the path to death. Those who are aware are fully alive. While those who are heedless, Are as if already dead. The wise, being fully alive, Rejoice in a caring awareness And abide delighting In this capacity. Dhammapada vs. 21-22* On January 1, 2018, at the…
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