Compassion

Mindfulness in Action

Mindfulness in Action: Sweeping Heart Zen

Sweeping Heart Zen has taken root in Gloucester in 2017. We’ve grown as a website and settled in as a center for meditation and Buddhist practice.  Consequently, I think it’s a good time to write a post to (re)introduce SHZ to our growing community of members, readers, and friends.  The Buddha described his teachings as, “…visible here and now, immediate…, to be experienced by the wise.” That is, he invited us to inspect, test, and experience his teachings firsthand.  The Buddha did not offer his teachings as dogma. They’re not a catechism-like checklist of ideas to believe.  On the contrary, the teachings are experiments in living to be tried and tested. One asks, “Do I grow in joy, peace, and contentment as I practice these teachings? Do the people close to me suffer less as I grow in this way of life?” Testing the merits of the teachings and the value of the techniques can be likened to mindfulness in action, to compassion in action. Consequently, the Sweeping Heart Zen Way is practical, experiential, broad minded, and nonsectarian.

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Crossing Chasm

Mindfulness, Confirmation Bias, Narcissism

If you actively pursue the truth, confirmation bias is lurking. According to journalist and self-styled psychology nerd David McRaney, each one of us wants “to be right about how [we] see the world, so [we] seek out information which confirms [our] beliefs and [we] avoid contradictory evidence and opinions.”  This is confirmation bias in a nutshell.

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Mother Child Tiger

Seeds of Peace

Seeds of peace grow peace, which plants seeds of peace.Ben Connelly

Getting Real About Spirituality

“Many people try to find a spiritual path where they do not have to face themselves but… we have to be honest with ourselves. We have to see our gut, our real shit, our most undesirable parts… That is the foundation of… conquering fear. We have to face our fear; we have to look at it, study it, work with it, and practice meditation with it.”
Chögyam Trungpa, Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery

Once, long, long ago, a large group of monks settled down for the three-month rainy- season retreat in a beautiful forest in the foothills of the Himalayas.

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