How To Change Your Mind

This evening’s talk  focused on the core teaching of Buddhism called “paticca samuppada” (pah-tee-chah sah-moo-pah-dah), traditionally interpreted as “dependent origination”.  Peter offered an alternative translation, “contingent provisional emergence” with explanation regarding the increased usefulness of this understanding.  It points out that the opportunity to “change your mind” occurs when the awakening factor of investigation of […]

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Cultivating A Focused And Tranquil Mind

This talk explored the ways to use the routine, repetitive practice of aiming attention at the beginning of the inbreath (vitakka [wee-tah-kah] in Pali), and maintaining investigative awareness of the sensations noted during the duration of the inbreath (vicara [wee-chah-rah] in Pali), then repeating this for the outbreath.  This practice cultivates stability of focus (samadhi […]

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The Out Of Balance Mind

This talk was recorded at the end of the first full day of the retreat, and focuses on the Five Hindrances.  Peter presented a graphic that presented the hindrances as dynamic polarities: too much conviction as opposed to too much skepticism, and too much energy as opposed to too much tranquility.  The common antidote for […]

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Deerhaven 2017 First Night

During this talk, Peter reviewed the traditional “3 Refuges” and “Five Precepts” practices at the beginning of retreats, then suggested a more contemporary rendering of the Refuges, followed by a handout with the Precepts rendered as commitments.  Participants were also given a “certificate” dedication: “May The Merits Of This Practice Benefit Everyone I Meet”.  This […]

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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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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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