Dharma Reflections

That Which is “Hidden in Plain Sight”: Revealed for a Moment

We are delighted to offer you one of our Voices from the Sangha reflections this month, this one by Judith Randall. A Quaker for many years, Judith began Vipassana practice at IMS in the 1980s, then lived and practiced at San Francisco Zen Center for fifteen years. She met Gil Fronsdal there in 2010 and…
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Life as Practice, Practice as Life

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living…
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Mindfully Facing Racism

What’s past is prologue; what to come, in yours and my discharge. — William Shakespeare What to the American Slave is Your Fourth of July? On Monday, July 4, 2022, as part of the City of Lebanon’s Independence Day celebration, volunteers from Valley Insight Meditation Society planned, organized, and set up for the reading of…
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Becoming an Empty Bowl: One Day in the Garden

Many years ago, before the turn of the century, after a long day of working in the garden that I was creating on my small plot of land in downtown Lebanon, New Hampshire, I lay down — flat on my back, directly on the ground. I was exhausted, not just from that day’s work, but…
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This Morning Early: Boundless Space, Boundless Belonging

It’s a warm, moist Memorial Day morning — clear and windless. Earlier, just as the day’s heat was beginning to settle, I did Qigong outside behind the barn for the first time in many years. Then, I sat down right there, next to the asparagus bed, to meditate — using the sixteen steps of awareness…
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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, ageing, 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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