At a workshop in March 2013, Santikaro explored the Enneagram and its implications for our lives and Dhamma practice.The Enneagram maps nine personality types. The types, their behaviors, and their inner dynamics provide an excellent basis for mindful inquiry and guidance for our relationships. They illuminate our patterns of thinking, emotional tendencies, communication styles, identities, and much more.
Since our very beginning more than twenty years ago, we have described Dharma Zephyr as a Buddhist Vipassana (Insight) Meditation community.As we move towards a formal incorporation, we thought it useful and important to describe what we mean.
After three years of suffering with sciatica, I’m grateful to be able to lie down without the stabbing jolt of lightning-hot pain searing through my right buttock and down my leg, ankle, and foot.The simple pleasure of resting comfortably with legs outstretched is suddenly a miracle.Yet, the back surgery I had to take the pressure off the nerve did not come without a price.Two weeks after surgery, I returned to work, bouncy and overjoyed with myself, only to develop a nasty infection; the setback cost me two more weeks of discomfort, anxiety, and medical bills, and it dug into my precious annual leave.It also gave me time to rest, reflect, and meditate.
After completing a nine-month study of Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, a classic and engaging book on the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path by Bhante Gunaratanta, the Monday beginners group has decided to continue our exploration of Buddhist lists by moving on to Dancing With Life, a book on the Four Noble Truths by Spirit Rock teacher Phillip Moffat.
The book comes with a weekly email study guide, something we think will be helpful for our peer-led group.
We are a small but enthusiastic group, so we have decided to continue the Carson City Monday night early sitting through the winter and spring. We meet at the youth group building of the First United Methodist Church in Carson City, 213 N. Minnesota (SE Corner of Minnesota and Proctor), every Monday night (except on major holidays or during severely inclement weather) from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.