Dharma Reflections

Aging Together

“Don’t worry, my sister––when you reach the end you’ll know it.” –– from The First Free Women, by Matty Weingast Valley Insight started a new practice group this May. We officially call ourselves “Mindfully Aging Together.” Though most of us are in our sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties, anyone is invited to attend our open weekly…
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Vesak Day, a Celebration of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha

I don’t want to die without knowing all this. — Joanna Macy If I have faith in anything, I have faith in life. — Stephen Batchelor Birth, vulnerability, aging, death, awaking, and full liberation: in all Buddhist traditions, there is one special day, near the first full moon in May, intentionally chosen to celebrate all…
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Who is the Buddha?

Reflections for Vesak Day from Subha Srinivasan For as long as I can remember, I have had trouble coming up with an answer when someone asks me who my heroes are or whom I have been inspired by. Growing up in India, Gandhi and Mother Teresa were popular figures, and of course, they were inspirations to many. But to…
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State of Our Sangha, 2023

By Michael Stoner, President, Valley Insight Board of Directors The year 2023 was an extremely active one for Valley Insight Meditation Society, with some significant, beneficial changes that will continue to impact our Dharma teaching, study, and practice for many years to come. Some of these changes were apparent: our teacher team was enriched by…
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The Buddha is Not a Teacher in the Past: Where is he in your life?

The living source of understanding and compassion, To the Buddha I go for refuge.  ––Thich Nhat Hanh   An increasing number of us living now in contemporary society are being touched by the Buddha’s teachings, known formally as the Buddhadharma. From guidance offered more than 2,500 years ago, we are receiving solace and comfort, along…
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Dharma “talk”: the Voice of Another and Wise Attention. If not hatred, then what?

As he was wont to do, on one occasion the Buddha posed a rhetorical question to his disciples: “Friends, how many things contribute to seeing things rightly (sammādiṭṭhi)?” Answering his own question, the Buddha said that there are two key factors: the “voice of another” (paratoghosa) and “focused attention” (yonisomanasikara, sometimes translated as “wise attention”).…
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