Individualism is Causing Unhappiness

As part of an individualistic society, I'm wired to pursue my own success and happiness. When I'm having difficulty sorting through strong disorienting emotions, meditation is a fantastic tool that allows me to sort out my feelings and set a positive course forward. Conversely, when things are going well, I feel entitled to enjoy my …

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Social Justice From the Base of Vipassana Meditation as Taught by SN Goenka

https://insightmyanmar.org/complete-shows/2021/1/5/episode-29-racial-equity-training-in-the-vipassana-organization-of-sn-goenka This podcast interview with Clyde Ford via the Insight Myanmar Podcast strongly connects with me. Within the Goenka organization, my spiritual development reached a plateau that I'm happy with, but I've been stuck trying to figure out how to positively influence my world from this spiritual base. Working towards liberation by solely prioritizing practicing …

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Another School Year Begins!

The school year is starting; It’s time for us teachers to inspire another class of high school students! So what is the inspiring message for this year’s students? Let’s survive the pandemic together with masks and social distancing! Now that it’s abundantly clear that racism exists, let me explain why we continue to protect and …

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Making Connections for Future Generations

A global pandemic. Awareness of systemic racism. Calls for justice. Calls for order. How can a high school teacher support and encourage students as they’re receiving messages of division and marginalization during a social quarantine? I’m not sure, but I’m going to try to share some positive thoughts on inclusivity, unity, and hope and see …

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The Rigidity of the Tradition: Part 2

Written by Dan Kaminsky In the last post on the tradition’s rigidity I mainly focused on the technique itself.  Here I’d like to discuss the tradition’s view of exploration.   In my experience the tradition implicitly and explicitly discourages exploration of other meditation or spiritual paths.   Implicit Messaging Implicitly the messaging happens in a few ways.  …

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