This web site invites inquiry into early Buddhism, especially the relational or interpersonal practices and potentials found in the Pali suttas, along with corollaries of those early practices in contemporary life and practice.
Such inquiry inevitably involves some engagement with scholarship, but by intention it is also personal, ad hoc, and a bit haphazard—reflecting the opportunities, teachings, and experiences that come to me. Read more about this project.
Ānanda went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to the Blessed One, sat to one side. As he was sitting there, Ānanda said to the Blessed One, "This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie."
"Don't say that, Ānanda. Don't say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life."
—Upaḍḍha ("Half") Sutta, SN 45.2
discussion:"Great work, Martha! I loved the video of Shinzen Young—very insightful. I do believe improv is a way of life, not about being funny. If everyone took just one improv class the world would be a better place, guaranteed."
on "Improvisation As a Spiritual Practice"
- "I am particularly enamoured of Dharma Contemplation practice having encountered it in 2012 on a retreat with Gregory here in the UK. ... [and] inspired by your assertion that studying the suttas has benefited your practice, I have a sense of this with the very little textual study I have done. After years of intending to study the texts, ... I am ready to make a concerted effort at textual study."
on "About This Project"
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 →