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N&B - A Life That Supports Practice

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N&B: Acting and resting in attention

Bringing attention into actions as the eightfold path’s core practice (from Eightfold Path 2), questions on concentration and attention, how meditation increases attention, and emotional energy.


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N&B: Addiction

A look at addicition from Monsters Under The Bed 4, questions on alcohol, pornography, and shame.


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N&B - Awakening Mind

A discussion on the two aspects of awakening mind, how they provide insight into the nature of experience and guide our responses to what arises in life.


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N&B: Bodhisattva vow

The vow as a description of benefits from practice (from Then And Now 25), questions on spiritual longings and the vow and when one should take the vow.


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Nuts & Bolts - Body sensations

Questions on how to practice with pain (from Sutra Session 24), how to practice when ill, how to understand what your body is saying, different sensations that arise during meditation.


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N&B - Buddhism: Pragmatic Perspectives

Questions on business, vegetarianism, traditional forms of practice, and sex


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N&B - Buddhist concepts

A discussion on Buddhism and creativity, questions on reincarnation, mind having no beginning, and equanimity and manipulation.


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N&B - Buddhist concepts II

Discussion on the three jewels; questions on root guru, empowerments, and secrecy within traditions.


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N&B - Buddhist schools and retreats

A brief history of the different traditions, questions on whether one tradition is better than another and what are the benefits to doing a three-year retreat.


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Nuts & Bolts - Meditation: Intention and Edge

The four stages of conflict (Warrior’s Solution 3), questions on working with feelings surrounding conflict and the third stage of conflict, magnetization.


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N&B - Cultivating Attention

A discussion on attention and intention from the Pointing Out Instructions retreat followed by questions on shamatha, whether a regular sitting practice is required, and resting in attention.


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N&B: Dismantling Behavioral Patterns

Dismantling patterns using a process based on the four noble truths (from Awakening From Belief 11), working with patterns that prevent behavioral changes, how to deal with physical sensations that may arise when working with patterns.


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N&B: Dreams

A guided meditation from Death: Friend or Foe 5; questions on dream yoga, treating life as a dream, and if one needs to dream.


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N&B: Emotional reactivity

A discussion on hatred and intolerance (from Sutra Session 26), questions on working with emotional pain, anger, and depression


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N&B: Emotional reactivity 2

Questions on working with emotions as they arise, resistance to practice, nightmares, and fear of dying.


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N&B – Emotional Reactivity 3

Question on the five-step mindfulness practice, meditating on death and impermanence, and disillusionment with buddhist practice.


N&B - Emotions and Energy

A discussion of energy transformation practices, questions on the four immeasurables, experiencing regret. and loss of energy during meditation.


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N&B: Ethics & Actions

A discussion on ethics, vows, prescriptive and descriptive behavior (from Mahayana Mind Training 7), questions on the basis for Buddhist ethics, taking action, behavioral changes.


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N&B: Experiencing Patterns

A description of physical and emotional sensations when a pattern begins to dissolve (from Awakening From Belief 11), questions about obsession and working with the core of a pattern.


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N&B: Karma

Demystifying ideas around karma (from Awakening From Belief 2), questions on whether karma from previous lives impact this life, karma and the death of children, and is there such a thing as burning off bad karma.


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N&B: Mahamudra

Explaining mahamudra to others (from Pointing Out Instructions 9), differences between mahamudra and dzogchen, joining Kadampa and mahamudra, deciding whether or not to practice mahamudra.


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N&B - Mantra Practice

An introduction to mantra practice from A Trackless Path 12, working with thoughts when chanting, how to approach mantra practice, sounds and mantra practice.


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Nuts & Bolts - Meditation: Intention and Edge

An exchange on working the edge in one’s practice (from Releasing Emotional Reactions 4), questions on feeling tones that aries from practice, how does one find the edge in practice, how to remedy a lack of intention, working with the intention to be present.


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Nuts & Bolts - Meditation: Sitting and Life

A talk on using one practice to do everything (from Mind Training 7), questions on finding the right perspective on life issues, choices, and self-sacrifice.


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Nuts & Bolts - Merit & Dedication

A discussion on dedication prayers from Then And Now 24, questions on dedicating virtue, the purpose of dedication, chanting to accumulate merit.


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N&B - Mind and Experience

A look at mind and experience from the Heart Sutra Workshop retreat followed by questions on if there is a difference between mind and experience, and experience and dependent origination.


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N&B - Paths, Teachers, and Traditions

Some brief background information on the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions. A discussion on finding a path and teacher.


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N&B: Physical & Mental Disturbances

A discussion on working with pain (from Heart Sutra Workshop 3), questions on grief, health, and panic attacks.


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N&B – Practice and. . .

Questions on whether there is a relationship between writing and clear-minded seeing, psychotherapy and buddhism, and resting in openness.


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N&B – Practice basics

Questions on is there difference between rest and observe during meditation, dealing with distractions during meditation, working with clarity when meditating and working with emotions when meditating.


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N&B – Practice concerns

A discussion on distinguishing between active and passive awareness, questions on what to do if one no longer feels the need to meditate and what to do if one pick up practice after an absence, a question on working with emotions.


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Nuts & Bolts - Practice paths

Is Vajrayana an appropriate path if you have with limited access to your root guru or if you’re unlikely to attend a three-year retreat? After a new practitioner has worked with the breath to gain experience and develop stability, should they then meditate on impermanence or the four immeasurables? How do you incorporate what what you learn from teachers in other Buddhist traditions?


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N&B - Practice Variations

Questions on meditation variations and intention, which form of meditation is recommended, using sounds or music during meditation, and interacting with people as a type of practice.


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N&B - Realms, Dakinis, Gods

Excerpt from Mind Training retreat on the six realms, questions about dakinis and understanding deities and gods.


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N&B: Reincarnation

A brief discussion on reincarnation from Death: Friend or Foe 7, questions on if one can have a serious practice without believing in reincarnation, karma and rebirth, and what reincarnates if there is no self.


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N&B - Sangha and Teaching

A discussion on spiritual organizations, questions on attachement to leadership, sangha and social life, and whether mediation practice is a path to teaching.


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N&B: Self and No-self

No-self as a core insight of Buddhism (from Guru, Deity, Protector 4), questions on working with a sense of self, the stories we tell about self, self and suffering.


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N&B – Self and No-Self 2

Questions on what is being referred to when using the word ‘me’ if there is no=self and reconciling non selfhood with ordinary friendship and love.


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N&B - Sitting In The Mess

Learning to sit in the mess; the correlation between mind and experience; discussion of the mind-training principle: “Rely on the principal witness”


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N&B – Students & Teachers

Questions on finding direction in practice without a teacher, why people leave a teacher, misconduct between students and teachers.


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N&B - The heart and emotions

Questions on working with the feelings that accompany an open heart, being true to both your heart and mind, working with emotions.


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N&B: The Mystery of Being

A guided meditation on “Who am I?” (excerpt from from Who Am I? 2) questions on who/what wakes up, the experience of being no thing, and if ultimately there is anything to know.


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N&B – Thoughts

Questions on being an observer of one’s thoughts, mind training and flattening thoughts.


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N&B – What To Do When A Thought Arises

Working with meditation instructions ‘Look, and as soon as a thought arises, relax’ and ‘Let the mind settle naturally. Don’t control it. Just recognize it.’


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N&B - Why are we here?

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N&B - Working with patterns

Questions on the mind of the body and patterned tendency, keeping practice alive, and where do released reactive patterns go.


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N&B - Working With The Breath

A meditation technique based on the Full Awareness of Breathing Sutra; a discussion based on the distinction between resting and observing when working with the breath