Topics For The Wednesday Night Discussions During March

While Peter is away on retreat at the Forest Refuge for the month of March, various senior meditation students will offer dharma talks during the regular Wednesday evening meetings.  Here is a listing of the dates for these teachers and the topics they will discuss: March 1, Robert Lockridge, who is also a leader of […]

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2017 Deerhaven Retreat Review

It is customary for retreatants to have an opportunity to “think out loud” about a recent retreat experience, as this helps integrate the deep learning that can occur during such an event and provides insight and inspiration for listeners regarding the benefits of retreat experience.  There were 24 folks attending the retreat at the Deerhaven […]

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Upcoming Intensive Study Group

Peter has been facilitating an 8-week intensive study group for several years.  The intention during the group is to cultivate a regular daily 45-minute meditation discipline and develop ways to integrate the benefits from this practice into daily life routines. The meetings are in Peter’s home office at the same address as the regular Orlando […]

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The Importance Of Intention

This evening’s meeting focused on the crucial role cetana, the Pali word translated as intention or volition, plays in the ongoing process of self-state organization.  Cetana is a “universal mind conditioner”, functioning in each moment of self-state organization to coordinate the various conditioning factors involved in the process.  Intention operates through the each of the […]

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Transforming Sensations Into A Self

This talk continues to explore the suggestions offered in “The Mind Illuminated” that help understand how prior experience makes meaning of raw sensational data.  Peter first quotes part of the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness that focuses on what Thanissaro calls “the six sense media”, then describes Culadasa’s “sub-minds” concept that provides a more contemporary and […]

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Understanding How The Mind Works

This talk continues to explore practical suggestions from the book “The Mind Illuminated”.  The current focus is on the concepts of “Focused Attention”, “Peripheral Awareness”, “Strong Distraction”, “Strong Dullness”, “Subtle Distraction” and “Subtle Dullness”.  Following on the post of January 18, Peter emphasized the importance to cultivate these wholesome mental qualities: “Ardent, alert and mindful”, […]

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Stages Of Breath Awareness

The evening’s activities included a guided meditation posted below: “Looking Closer Meditation.mp3”, during which Peter provided suggestions supporting a more persistent and intimate awareness regarding the sensations of breathing. During the talk following the guided meditation, Peter drew on a book entitled “Right Mindfulness” by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (available as a free .pdf download from: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/rightmindfulness.pdf […]

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