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Love Needs to be Constantly Cleansed, by Ajahn Jayasaro

FaceBook  On Nov 24, 2016 Dinesh Mehta wrote:

 Often we block the flow of our real nature and expression through love, peace and compassion as we generate impurities in our mind.  Impurities manifest in the form of different emotions. One easy way to avoid this blockage is to be in the present moment and accepting the reality as it is. 

 

Nature and Nonviolence, by Thich Nhat Hanh

FaceBook  On May 24, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:

Last night, we had the delightful honor to host the inspiring Nimo and many coordinators of the Ekatva tour.  The heartwarming stories of the 16 children and more is shared in some of these audio clips ...

 

An Ego Strategy to Avoid Surrender, by Eckhart Tolle

FaceBook  On Mar 29, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:
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Living Lessons of Biomimicry, by Janine Benyus

FaceBook  On Mar 22, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:
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Nothing Left to Fight Against, by Zenkei Blanche Hartman

FaceBook  On Mar 15, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:
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Making Friends with the Present Moment, by Alan Zulch

FaceBook  On Mar 8, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:
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The Secret of Work, by Swami Vivekananda

FaceBook  On Mar 1, 2012 Dinesh wrote:

Yuka Saionji joined us this week to share her personal journey, learnings from her remarkable work around the power of prayer, and offer some uplifting stories in response to 3/11's tsunami in Japan.  Below are the audio clips from the gathering ...  See full.

Yuka Saionji joined us this week to share her personal journey, learnings from her remarkable work around the power of prayer, and offer some uplifting stories in response to 3/11's tsunami in Japan.  Below are the audio clips from the gathering ...

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What I Learned In Africa, by Henning Mankell

FaceBook  On Feb 23, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:
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The Great Dictator, by Charlie Chaplin

FaceBook  On Feb 16, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:
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The Power of Here, by Bill Plotkin

FaceBook  On Feb 9, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:

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Seeing is an Act, by Jeanne de Salzmann

FaceBook  On Feb 2, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:
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Why Do Social Work?, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On Jan 26, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:
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Dignity of Restraint, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

FaceBook  On Jan 19, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:

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Seekers of Ultimate Mystery, by Fr. Thomas Keating

FaceBook  On Jan 12, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:

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How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow

FaceBook  On Jan 5, 2012 Dinesh Mehta wrote:

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Make Your Life Into a Giving, by Jaggi Vasudeva

FaceBook  On Dec 29, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Rev. Heng Sure, a beloved Buddhist monk, spoke this last Wednesday.  Below are some audio clips from his talk: Some excerpts ... How do you determine a lie? Check your intention; words are neutral. What did your teacher advice George W. Bush when he was a US president? Be to be a full-time volunteer. :) Has capitalism failed us? Its hard to say if a system fails us or if its the greed in our minds. How do we steady our practice? Practice is second; practioner is first. How can you not hate the policy makers who make harmful decisions? Remember that policy is different from the policy maker.  See full.

Rev. Heng Sure, a beloved Buddhist monk, spoke this last Wednesday.  Below are some audio clips from his talk:

Some excerpts ... How do you determine a lie? Check your intention; words are neutral. What did your teacher advice George W. Bush when he was a US president? Be to be a full-time volunteer. :) Has capitalism failed us? Its hard to say if a system fails us or if its the greed in our minds. How do we steady our practice? Practice is second; practioner is first. How can you not hate the policy makers who make harmful decisions? Remember that policy is different from the policy maker.

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We Are Between Stories, by Judith Thompson

FaceBook  On Dec 22, 2011 Dinesh Mehta wrote:

 Audio clip from this week's circle of sharing ...

 

 

The Difference Between Natural and Unnatural, by Masanobu Fukuoka

FaceBook  On Nov 25, 2011 Dinesh Mehta wrote:

Audio clips from this week's circle of sharing...

 

Stand In the Tragic Gap, by Parker Palmer

FaceBook  On Nov 12, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

We had the privilege of hosting Dr. Dan Siegel, who presented his remarkable work at the intersection of neuroscience and meditation. The audio clips from the talk ...

 

Finding the Deepest Joy in Relationships, by Ezra Bayda

FaceBook  On Nov 4, 2011 Dinesh Mehta wrote:

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That Which is Looking, by Adyashanti

FaceBook  On Oct 30, 2011 Dinesh Mehta wrote:

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Giving Somebody Your Heart, by Anonymous

FaceBook  On Oct 14, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Some audio clips from our circle of sharing this week ... 

 

Fool Realization, by Steve Bhaerman

FaceBook  On Oct 10, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Below are audio excerpts from this week's talk by BJ Miller who has walked a remarkable journey with elegant grace ...

 

Living With a Rebel Within, by Dzogchen Ponlop

FaceBook  On Sep 26, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Some audio clips from our circle of sharing on this passage ... 

 

Three Universal Human Processes, by Angeles Arrien

FaceBook  On Sep 17, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Some audio clips from our local circle of sharing this week ...

 

Difference Between Eah and Oh!, by Jerry Wennstrom

FaceBook  On Sep 8, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Joanna Macy, the celebrated peace activist who has spent decades writing a dozen books and inspiring tens of thousands around the globe, joined us this week.  Below is the audio and a few other clips from her inspired talk ...

 

You Are Not a Prisoner, by Andrew Cohen

FaceBook  On Aug 25, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Few audio clips for our limitless circle :) ...

 

Evolution's Gold Standard, by Diane Ackerman

FaceBook  On Aug 19, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Audio reflections from our circle on marketing and its effect on our senses ...

 

How Generosity Blossoms Into Meditation, by Sharon Salzberg

FaceBook  On Aug 12, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Some audio clips from this week's circle on generosity:

 

Unlocking a New Sphere of Reality, by Jacques Lusseyran

FaceBook  On Aug 4, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

This Wednesday, we had the privilege of hearing two remarkable guest speakers. One was Jacques Verduin, founder of Insight Prison Project, who shared some of his beautiful stories after 15 years of work in bringing mindfulness practice to the toughest prisons in the US. With Jacques was Rusty, who spent 30 years in prison for taking a life, and whose life was transformed by daily practice of meditation. A very moving evening. Below are the audio clips ... You can also download the clips individually.  See full.

This Wednesday, we had the privilege of hearing two remarkable guest speakers. One was Jacques Verduin, founder of Insight Prison Project, who shared some of his beautiful stories after 15 years of work in bringing mindfulness practice to the toughest prisons in the US. With Jacques was Rusty, who spent 30 years in prison for taking a life, and whose life was transformed by daily practice of meditation. A very moving evening.

Below are the audio clips ...

You can also download the clips individually.

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Two Ways of Learning Relaxation, by Shinzen Young

FaceBook  On Jul 22, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Some audio clips from last week's circle of sharing (and a special thanks to Bhikhsu Samata and Ajahn Ghun for joining us!) ...

 

Make Death Your Ally, by Duane Elgin

FaceBook  On Jul 14, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Every week, we usually do a circle of sharing around the thought of the week.  But this week, we had the privilege of hosting the well known meditation teacher, Gil Fronsdal of Insight Meditation Center, share his personal (and inspiring!) life journey and then engage with some dynamic Q&A.  The audio clips from the gathering are online ...    See full.

Every week, we usually do a circle of sharing around the thought of the week.  But this week, we had the privilege of hosting the well known meditation teacher, Gil Fronsdal of Insight Meditation Center, share his personal (and inspiring!) life journey and then engage with some dynamic Q&A.  The audio clips from the gathering are online ...

 

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The Mystery of Love, by Kent Nerburn

FaceBook  On Jul 8, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

 A few audio clips from our circle of sharing last week ...

 

Rest and Be Taken, by Adyashanti

FaceBook  On Jun 30, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Some audio clips from our circle of sharing last Wednesday ... 

 

Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts., by Jonathan Franzen

FaceBook  On Jun 23, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

 Some audio clips from our circle of sharing yesterday ... 

 

Flow of Money, by David Korten

FaceBook  On Jun 9, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Some clips from our engaging conversation around relationship to money ...

 

Live the Questions Now, by Rainer Maria Rilke

FaceBook  On Jun 2, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Some audio recordings from our circle of sharing y'day ...

 

Paradox of Noise, by Gunilla Norris

FaceBook  On May 26, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Some audio clips from our circle of sharing on Paradox of Noise ...

 

New Atoms Doing the Same Dance, by Richard Feynman

FaceBook  On May 20, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Last Wednesday, we had the honor of having Professor Ron Howard join us for an evening filled with insights and humor.  Below is the audio recording ...

 

Full Effort is Full Victory, by Eknath Easwaran

FaceBook  On May 12, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Below are some of the audio clips from the bay-area circle of sharing:

 

Giving Within For-Give-Ness, by Michael Bernard Beckwith

FaceBook  On Apr 28, 2011 Wednesday wrote:

Some of the audio clips from the powerful circle of sharing around this reading ...

 

A 9-Year-Old's Hidden Self, by Jacob Needleman

FaceBook  On Apr 15, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Few audio clips from our circle of sharing last Wednesday ...  

 

Is Meditation Boring?, by Andrew Cohen

FaceBook  On Mar 3, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Last night, in place of the circle of sharing, we had a surprise guest speaker -- Cynthia Jurs.

Cynthia has practiced in the Tibetan Vajrayana and Zen Buddhist traditions for 25 years and in 1994 received dharma transmission from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh to teach Engaged Buddhism. She directs the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which draws from all wisdom traditions to teach an approach to living in awareness in relationship to the Earth through dedicated practice, ceremony, retreat and pilgrimage. In 1990, she met a 106-year-old Tibetan hermit and meditator, who asked her to bring healing and protection to the Earth by filling and burying Earth Treasure Vases in places of need around the world.  To date, 23 of the 30 vases have been planted around the world, and the journey of the next seven is unfolding now. 

Audio of Cynthia's talk (mp3), with stories from her journey:

 

Building a Creative Temple, by Martin Luther King, Jr.

FaceBook  On Dec 9, 2010 Dinesh wrote:

This article was excerpted from MLK's talk titled 'Unfulfilled Dreams.

The full audio of the speech is 22 minutes and can be heard here:

 

Where Skillfullness and Clarity Meet, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On Mar 4, 2010 Dinesh wrote:

Here is the essence of the Kabir song I offered last night:

Like a bird leaving everything behind, we will all have to fly out alone one day.

As a falling leaf that is carried by the wind, we don't know where exactly we will land.

We don't know when the moment of death will arrive, but until then, keep doing your good deeds.

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Natural Unfolding, by Gil Fronsdal

FaceBook  On Jun 12, 2006 Dinesh wrote:

Henry David Thoreau: Nature is full of genius, full of divinity that no snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. Nature as probability: it is the nature of 101 highway to have accidents. But having your car totalled was a struggle because it had not come to it's natural end. It seemed violent. But that forced me to take the train everyday. Maybe I have to unnaturally lose the car, so I can let other lessons unfold. What is natural? Is anger natural too? Or should we not let that unfold? Nature helps me but it's hard to remember that. It's like exercise ... I often forget its value. There's a big oak tree in Henry Coe Park -- it seems alive to me. Bright river: 'Waking Life' on stage and you're a participant. Before anything, there was light; it was light only because it was contained in darkness. At a certain spot in the woods, there hasn't been much imposition of ideas on it. Don't let personal thoughts or feelings encumber your experience of nature. Quote by George Bernard Shaw: "Person who cannot accept self change, cannot change anything else." Hiking is a form of meditation -- trees have been silent for so long and I can feel it. Personal goal: try to be more in nature, no buses grinding or people rambling. Nature is an incredibly important teacher for me. In Australia, once, I honestly felt the presence of rocks ... what they had been through and experienced. Listening to the wind helps me a lot. What happens if the natural unfolding is disillusionment? "If you choose to sit it out or dance, I hope you do dance." Any choice you make will be your nature too. And you don't know it till you get there. Sun God's prayer: consort of shadow. Sometimes half poetry is more true than full poetry. When I see dead nature (like broken concrete), I feel nature calling me to ask me -- can you do something with this? Beauty of nature vs. beauty of city: what's the difference? I don't know but I get more drawn to nature. Natural folding -- foldin  See full.

  • Henry David Thoreau: Nature is full of genius, full of divinity that no snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
  • Nature as probability: it is the nature of 101 highway to have accidents. But having your car totalled was a struggle because it had not come to it's natural end. It seemed violent. But that forced me to take the train everyday. Maybe I have to unnaturally lose the car, so I can let other lessons unfold.
  • What is natural? Is anger natural too? Or should we not let that unfold?
  • Nature helps me but it's hard to remember that. It's like exercise ... I often forget its value.
  • There's a big oak tree in Henry Coe Park -- it seems alive to me.
  • Bright river: 'Waking Life' on stage and you're a participant.
  • Before anything, there was light; it was light only because it was contained in darkness.
  • At a certain spot in the woods, there hasn't been much imposition of ideas on it.
  • Don't let personal thoughts or feelings encumber your experience of nature.
  • Quote by George Bernard Shaw: "Person who cannot accept self change, cannot change anything else."
  • Hiking is a form of meditation -- trees have been silent for so long and I can feel it.
  • Personal goal: try to be more in nature, no buses grinding or people rambling.
  • Nature is an incredibly important teacher for me.
  • In Australia, once, I honestly felt the presence of rocks ... what they had been through and experienced.
  • Listening to the wind helps me a lot.
  • What happens if the natural unfolding is disillusionment?
  • "If you choose to sit it out or dance, I hope you do dance."
  • Any choice you make will be your nature too. And you don't know it till you get there.
  • Sun God's prayer: consort of shadow.
  • Sometimes half poetry is more true than full poetry.
  • When I see dead nature (like broken concrete), I feel nature calling me to ask me -- can you do something with this?
  • Beauty of nature vs. beauty of city: what's the difference? I don't know but I get more drawn to nature.
  • Natural folding -- folding is also a part of nature. All things die. But whenver that happens, we resist.
  • Is negativity nature? Are these walls nature? Is white nature? There's a different energy ... a temple vs. a bar.
  • In terms of emotion -- what is more natural -- anger or compassion? For me, it's compassion.
  • Both light and darkness are constantly trying to coming together.
  • What makes nature special is that it's beyond us -- that gives us nothing to attach our thoughts to. And connecting to that, gives us a certain sense of joy.
  • Flowing with nature, accepting nature as it unfold moment to moment, is key.
  • Ocean: fish are plants, bigger fish are eating smaller fish. It's all nature. Growth lies in accepting that. The city and the street and the garden and the parks.
  • One of the first American to go to Japan to study Aikido learn a valuable lesson: simple kindness trumped violence.
  • Recently in the Amazon in Brazil, I saw two rivers next to each other, but they don't mix with each other!
  • I know a person who meditates best when in the midst of people; particularly, the trains of India! Most people go to find "nature" or peace, he rushes to find chaos! :)
  • What I remember about nature is the smells -- almost the internal part of that experience.
  • Central concept of spiritual path is to find our true self.
  • River metaphor vs. climbing to the top of the mountaintop metaphor. With one you flow, with the other you struggle.

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