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Dear Abhi-dhamma: Desire and Unhappiness

2017-01-08T17:31:02+00:00

When it comes to generosity it seems there’s always an internal battle going on in my mind. Why do I offer to do things? How much should I give? What are my real intentions? I can honestly say that I have never really been at peace with my relationship to gift. There are a great deal of entanglements here for me.

Dear Abhi-dhamma: Desire and Unhappiness 2017-01-08T17:31:02+00:00

Dear Abhi-Dhamma: Does Meditation Enhance Creativity?

2017-01-08T17:33:22+00:00

When it comes to generosity it seems there’s always an internal battle going on in my mind. Why do I offer to do things? How much should I give? What are my real intentions? I can honestly say that I have never really been at peace with my relationship to gift. There are a great deal of entanglements here for me.

Dear Abhi-Dhamma: Does Meditation Enhance Creativity? 2017-01-08T17:33:22+00:00

The Circle of Generosity

2017-01-08T23:00:08+00:00

When it comes to generosity it seems there’s always an internal battle going on in my mind. Why do I offer to do things? How much should I give? What are my real intentions? I can honestly say that I have never really been at peace with my relationship to gift. There are a great deal of entanglements here for me.

The Circle of Generosity 2017-01-08T23:00:08+00:00

What is New York Insight?

2017-01-08T23:02:37+00:00

There was a question at our recent Town Hall meeting that we didn’t have time to answer but I thought it would be worth addressing now. The question was: Is New York Insight a Buddhist Center, a Meditation Center or a Mindfulness Center? To which my answer would be “yes”.

What is New York Insight? 2017-01-08T23:02:37+00:00

NYI All Sangha Gathering

2017-01-08T23:08:08+00:00

On Wednesday evening September 7th we held an "All Sangha Gathering" here at New York Insight. The administration shared some general information in a powerpoint presentation about the day-to-day business workings of our sangha. (See it here). This was followed by a robust brainstorming session.

NYI All Sangha Gathering 2017-01-08T23:08:08+00:00

Deep August Dharma…

2017-01-08T23:09:37+00:00

My birthday is August 15th, and when I was young it always came with mixed emotions...the joy of a birthday came as a signpost that summer was coming to an end. The deep days of August hang heavy with humidity. My mind gets slow, the fan blades seem tired from turning all summer and the drone of it's motor clouds my thinking. The late August lifeguard watches over the pool with indifference. The watchman hasn't quite the energy for enforcement.

Deep August Dharma… 2017-01-08T23:09:37+00:00

Quarrelsome Mind

2017-01-08T23:22:00+00:00

Mature practitioners often report surprise at the tenacity of their quarrelsome tendencies. Even after years of practice the mind seems determined to find fault with self and others, to take exception to what is, and we can feel helpless in the face of it. One might say, “Well just stop thinking those thoughts,” but it’s not that easy, is it? The unawakened mind seems habituated to quarreling.

Quarrelsome Mind 2017-01-08T23:22:00+00:00

The World We Dream

2017-01-08T23:20:43+00:00

Many of you know that I am focused on a Buddhist response to climate crisis. I believe Dharma practice has a lot to offer because it brings us into alignment with a different kind of power than—well, basically money, and the privilege of being able to manipulate the natural world to secure our comfortable lives. This ‘other power’ emerges from directly knowing the indestructible, diamond-like mind-heart as awareness knowing consciousness, which is the same deep subjectivity within all sentient life.

The World We Dream 2017-01-08T23:20:43+00:00

Collapsing Time to the Present Moment

2017-01-08T23:18:18+00:00

One of the last things my father said to me before he died was, "Don't waste your energy rehashing what has been or imagining a brighter future. Be content with what you have and who you are." He was seventy-four at the time and, although he didn't know it, he was not long for this world. He had always been a practical man, apparently more interested in teaching my sisters and I how to get along in the world—how to lay tile or mow the lawn or conduct ourselves in the board room—than in encouraging us to contemplate the meaning of life.

Collapsing Time to the Present Moment 2017-01-08T23:18:18+00:00

Beyond To-ing and Fro-ing

2017-01-08T23:26:17+00:00

Tanhā is the movement of the mind that keeps taking exception to what is—wanting things to be another way (bhava tanhā), not wanting them to be the way they are (vibhava tanhā), or just being preoccupied with sensory experience (kāma tanhā). Tanhā is a restless agitation—"relishing now here and now there," as the Buddha put it—that makes it impossible to be content with things as they are.

Beyond To-ing and Fro-ing 2017-01-08T23:26:17+00:00