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PDFs you can read or download:

A Vote for Kindness: given the unmistakable finiteness of our existence, only kindness makes any sense.

Bahiya Sutta (Udana 10.1): a colorful and enthusiastic yogi gets pithy meditations instructions from the Buddha about selflessness.

Beginning the Journey: beginning meditation instructions.

Book Of Nothing: excerpts from the elegant writings of the 3rd Zen Patriarch.

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The Demon’s Blessing 1 & 2: an exploration of hindrances.

The Demon’s Blessing Handout that accompanies "The Demon’s Blessing."

Dependent Origination Flier: notes on the backbone of the Buddha’s teachings.

Gifts and Vulnerabilities: explores the relationship between our deepest spiritual aptitudes and our vulnerable sensitivities.

Kindness and Wisdom: barebones summary of Buddha’s Map.

The Inner Landscape: a series of five reflections on what we find when we look inside.

1. Experience: The khandas are five clusters of experience: raw sensation, feeling tone, perception, concepts and stories, and awareness itself.

2. Vedana: The "vedana meter" it a mental tool that allows us to see feeling tone (vedana) as a subtle but powerful trigger for drive states.

3. Dissolving Suffering: We don’t escape suffering by pushing it away or rising above it but by relaxing and expanding into spacious equanimity where discomfort is no longer uncomfortable.

4. Endearing: The key to understanding suffering in Dependent Origination is understanding piya, or "endearing," which turns experience into suffering.

5. Dependent Origination: Continues the exploration of Dependent Origination in greater detail, including how to work with it in meditation and daily life.

Little Mind, Big Mind: a talk delivered in 2005.

Meditation Blues by Stephen Levine: how the heart can break the mind open.

Precept and Mindful Engagement: using the precepts non-judgmentally as a tool for cultivating awareness.

Precepts: specific issues surrounding specific precepts. This passage is take from Meditator’s Field Guide.

Study Guide: a list of some books, web pages, videos, and other resource that I have produced and selected for meditation retreat, classes, seminars, and self-directed study. (Also see this on-line version).

Thought Country: a Colorado Division of Wildlife pamphlet called "What to Do if You Meet a Bear." In this version, Kim Boykin substitutes "thought" for the word "bear" to get meditation tips.

Turning Toward: commentary on the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Samytta Nikaya 56.11 in which the Buddha introduces the Four Ennobling Truths as meditation instructions.