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This Upasika Life

This Upasika Life is the Spiritual Directors blog. Sakula will post here from time to time.

A Four-Fold Community Restores a Forest

A Four-fold Community – monks, nuns, lay women and men dedicated to the Buddha’s training Monks from the Abhayagiri monastery, the Pacific Hermitage and nuns from Sravasti Abby joined lay supporters from Portland Friends of the Dhamma to help re-plant a forest. Together we camped, dug, planted, chanted, meditated, and just plain hung out with […]

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Sit Boo-Boo Sit

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One of the things I noticed (like so many of us) when first attempting meditation was the constant ramblings of my mind. I was shocked and dismayed at how a simple thought, feeling or sensation could waft through my mind and without hesitation tantalize my attention over hill and dale, and I wondered “could this […]

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A Nod and a Wink to Good Family

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After 16 years of taking part in meditation retreats I had come to believe that a deep and somewhat lasting level of calm was not to be had in this lifetime, not for me anyway. Thank goodness I’m ridiculously poor at predictions. Thanksgiving has long been my favorite family holiday. I find it satisfying to […]

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Keeping My Bucket Full

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Recently my grandson taught me a method that I find quite supportive with my practice. It was raining and cold when I picked my grandson Dylan up from school. Instead of running into my arms he went running into the park behind the building. For twenty minutes he wouldn’t come when I called, and I […]

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Joy in Body and Mind

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Swami Satchidananda (keynote speaker at Woodstock in 1969) said “We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he […]

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A Niggle of Despair

This Friday we had no gathering, no Friday Night Dhamma and I find myself sensing a bit of loss. Our community no longer has unconditional use of our own shrine room or gathering space. Yes we aim to amend this situation and yet this situation may remain for sometime yet. Most days I am not […]

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