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Paticcasamuppada or Dependent Origination

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on March 27, 2016

PATICCASAMUPPADA or DEPENDENT ORIGINATION By Dr. Victor Bradford, Dharma Teacher The teaching on Paticcasamuppada, sometimes translated as Conditioned Co-Arising or Dependent Origination, is close to the peak of the Dhammic pyramid and perhaps one of the Dhamma’s two or three most important and rewarding teachings. Any teacher should have a good basic understanding, because it…

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I Am in Pain and I am Not Suffering: A Contemplation on the Two Arrows

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on June 10, 2015

The Buddha said, “When touched by a feeling of pain, the ordinary uninstructed person sorrows, grieves, and laments, beats his breast, becomes distraught.  So he feels two pains, physical and mental, just as if he was shot with an arrow and, right afterward, was shot with another one, so that he felt pains of two…

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Nine Stages of the Charnal Ground Contemplation

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on April 9, 2015

In the Pali Canon discourses, the Buddha frequently instructs his disciples to seek out a secluded dwelling in a forest, hillside cave, jungle grove, or charnal ground to contemplate the concept of impermanence, attachment and aversion, and fear of death. The Satipattana Sutta orThe  Four Foundations of Mindfulness Sutta in its first Contemplation focused on…

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The Five Remembrances

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on March 14, 2015

I am of the nature to age. I have not gone beyond aging. I am of the nature to sicken. I have not gone beyond sickness. I am of the nature to die. I have not gone beyond dying. All that is mine, beloved and pleasing, will become otherwise, will become separated from me. I…

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Contemplative Practices

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on March 11, 2015

Focus of Wednesday DharmaTalks Second Quarter of 2015 Contemplative Practices RMI is a Theravadan Buddhist sangha rooted in a lineage from southeast Asia.  This tradition is known for focusing on meditations that condition “Insight” or “Vipassana” and has two forms:   One is the development of concentration called “samatha” in Sanskrit or “Samadhi” in Pali.  This…

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The Body Scan: A Mindfulness Meditation of the Body — by Pat Komarow

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on February 22, 2015

 For Rocky Mountain Insight 2/25/15 The Body Scan:  A Mindfulness Meditation of the Body By Patricia Komarow  This guided meditation, which will be taught Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at RMI is based in the traditional Buddhist teaching of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness or the Satipatthana Sutta.  Within this sutta, the first of the foundations…

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Farewell Dharma Talk

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on January 22, 2015

Dear Noble Sangha, A week ago on Wednesday I gave my last Dharma Talk at RMI before leaving to join my teacher, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, as his attendant. Some of you asked for highlights from that talk. Here they are: Lucinda asked me to list a few of my favorite teachings, quotes, or suttas….

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Colorado Springs Sangha Directory

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on December 4, 2014

Please click the link below to download the 2014 Colorado Springs Sangha Directory: Sangha Directory 2014    

Why Meditate?

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on December 4, 2014

Why Meditate? There is no question that each person prefers joy over sorrow, happiness over pain, peace over anxiety, and contentment over dissatisfaction. If you take a moment to examine, it is clear that joy and sorrow, happiness and pain, peace and anxiety, and contentment and dissatisfaction all arise from and depend upon your mind….

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Right Mindfulness

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on November 25, 2014

Dear Noble Sangha, This month Rocky Mountain Insight focused on Right Mindfulness, the seventh spoke of the Noble Eightfold Path and part of the section on meditation or concentration. Here are some quotes from the Buddha on Right Mindfulness: Definition of Right Mindfulness “And what is right mindfulness? There is the case where a monk…

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