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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 2015    

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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A Story of Impermanence from the Buddha

By Rocky Mountain Insight

Published on November 13, 2014

A Story of Impermanence from the Buddha by Pat Komarow               All of us know first- hand of impermanence through our own experiences.  As Buddhists, we learn to trust our experiences as the most direct information about change that we have.  When we actually understand the deeper universal nature of impermanence, insight arises and…

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Meditation and Mental Culture

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on October 12, 2014

Dear Noble Sangha, Walpola Rahula explains the Pali word for meditation, Bhavana, as meaning “mental culture” or “mental development.” In this context, meditation is not, as it may be commonly misunderstood, an escape from life, a mental withdrawal, or a blank spacing-out. In describing meditation as a mental culture or development Walpola Rahula emphasizes the…

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What are you feeding?

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on October 8, 2014

                    Dear Noble Sangha, Right effort is about what we choose to feed in our life. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, we can feed our suffering or we can feed our love and wisdom. Like a fire that requires fuel or food, our suffering, disappointment, and…

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The Buddha’s Words on Right Effort

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on October 8, 2014

Dear Noble Sangha, This month’s theme at Rocky Mountain Insight is Right Effort, the first of the “Samadhi” or “Concentration” division of the path. Here are some of the words of the Buddha on Right Effort. Again, these come from the wonderful resource of Access to Insight : www.accesstoinsight.org The definition (the four Right Exertions):…

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Buddha’s Words on Right Livelihood

By Ben Mikolaj

Published on September 16, 2014

Dear Noble Sangha, This month at Rocky Mountain Insight we explore another factor of the Noble Eightfold Path under the category of Sila. Remember Sila is a Pali word for discipline or ethics. Right Livelihood is arguably one of the most important, or at least most prevalent, factors of the path of a modern practitioner….

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Generosity in Action

By Morgan Smith

Published on July 25, 2014

I had a really unique experience this week and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do this again. A man came into work today (I’m a receptionist at a small doctor’s office, so it’s only me up front). He told me that all of his belongings had been robbed and he and his wife…

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