We Croak: A Return to Joy

The essay of mine re-issued below was originally published in The Valley Insight Newsletter of March 2019. In September of the same year, it was accepted for publication in the international journal Mindfulness, with the stipulation that it be taken off the Valley Insight website archives for a year. We are now again free to…
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Going for Refuge and Taking the Training Precepts Together

The key to development along the Buddhist path is repetitive routine guided by inspirational vision. –– Bikkhu Bodhi On Monday November 2, 2020, just a day before the presidential election, a group of us from the Valley Insight community began gathering in our virtual Dharma Hall at 7:30 a.m. each weekday morning for a half…
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Arising, Persisting, and Passing Away

2020: Its 10,000 Sorrows and 10,000 Joys  “No, Ananda, said the Buddha, Spiritual Friendship is not half the holy life. … When [one] has admirable people as friends, companions, & comrades one has the support needed for bearing that which is unbearable in this life, with wisdom and kindness.”  Upaddha Sutta (SN 45.2) “That which…
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Conscientious Action: May All Beings Be At Ease…

 Whatever Living Beings There May Be, Omitting None Since its inception in the mid-1990s, Valley Insight has had a commitment to what is known in as “Engaged Buddhism.” Among our early founders were political and social activists who had discovered peace of mind and a greater understanding of the world in the wisdom of the…
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Being in Nature: Going Outside as a Path Towards Discovering Our Inner Nature

By Lee Steppacher [Doreen’s Note: We are living through difficult, uncertain, often incomprehensible times. There is no doubt about that. There is also no doubt that we as a species, along with so many other living species and the earth itself, are in peril. Yet the persistent earth is still holding us all––with what would…
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