Begin Again

Avi: We’ve spent the past few years trying our best to stay grounded in the midst of the pandemic’s uncertainty. Now just as the new year is beginning, a new wave of the disease is hitting us, and understandably it is easy to lose touch with the practices that centre us. In those moments, we … Continued

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The Good

Avi: The Greek philosopher Plato argued that everything exists in relation to the Good. Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, Justice: good to have, seek, and serve. If anything is of value, it is in virtue of the Good. To kick off this month of practices about values, we meditate upon the Good.

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Flight

Avi: I’ve felt especially cooped up as the winter stretches on and on together with the lockdown. While we can’t travel through the outer world, our imaginations can open us to endless worlds most beautiful. In tonight’s meditation we will explore the theme of flight with a guided visionary journey.

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Appreciative Joy

Avi: The Pali term mudita has no direct translation into English. It is a mirror image of the practice of karuna (compassion). Whereas in karuna we practice positive mind states in the face of suffering, with mudita we do the same with happiness. I like to think of it as generalized gratitude. Whereas in gratitude practice, … Continued

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Facing the Snarls in Our Culture

Avi: A number of times at CEC, we’ve explored a compassion practice where we open to the many circles of our friends, relations, and ancestors, drawing on their lineage and support. Tonight we’ll begin with this connecting to the strength in our network of relationships past and present. Then we’ll go a step further, extending our … Continued

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