Category: 21st century relational practice

Paying Attention: How to Endure Spending Time in an Art Museum

[I wrote this in 2015 for a group of college students. But the need to wrangle attention runs through all of life: museum-going is just another instance of practice in daily life.] Visiting a museum is sometimes hard work—at least, … Continue reading

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Improv, Dress Up, and Deity Yoga: Playing With Identity

I got interested in improv when I saw a connection between it and certain forms of meditation that work to deconstruct the sense of a solid and permanent self—particularly, deity yoga. Continue reading

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Improvisation As a Spiritual Practice

I have been doing some improv this fall—as a spiritual practice. Standard principles of improv include: stay in the present moment, listen carefully, do not get tangled up in your ego, keep letting go of your idea from a second … Continue reading

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Reading the Suttas with Dharma Contemplation

On five Tuesdays in April and May (2013) I led Dharma Contemplation for a group of seven meditators, reading passages from the Pali suttas. Continue reading

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Dharma Contemplation for Interfaith Dialogue

My friend Liz and I led a series of interfaith dialogues this spring, using the protocol of Greg Kramer’s Dharma Contemplation and reading texts from a variety of world religions. Continue reading

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Play As a Root of Sati (Mindfulness)

Suppose for a moment that play were a root from which mindfulness develops—its immediate precursor, or most archaic form—and that root shared by accomplished meditators, children, and animals. What would that mean? How might it change our ideas of play? … Continue reading

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Meditating at the Edge of Reactivity

I have been remembering my first encounter with Insight Dialogue and thinking about how my understanding of that practice has grown and shifted over the years. (Insight Dialogue, as some readers will know, is an interpersonal meditation practice in which … Continue reading

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Experiment Using Dharma Contemplation: First Series

Eight participants (including myself) met in my small apartment on six Tuesday evenings in September and October (2012) for an experiment in Dharma Contemplation. (See here for my planning and intentions for this group.) For simplicity’s sake, I announced this … Continue reading

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Experiment Using Dharma Contemplation: Planning

I’ve begun an experiment: facilitating group dialogic meditation using a text—using Greg Kramer’s Dharma Contemplation method—and doing so primarily as a way of conveying certain meditative skills. Dharma Contemplation is a meditative method engaging a text in four stages, a … Continue reading

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