A Buddhist Guide to Life (and WordPress) – My first dharma talk

Here’s an updated YouTube version of  A Buddhist Guide to WordPress Development! Including a new introduction that explains why I hope this talk will be useful to anyone, not just those interested in WordPress.

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Meditation tips for daily sits

Photo of a meditating buddha statue in Sri Lanka
Buddha statue in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Photo CC-BY-NC Jer Clarke

Meditation takes time and effort, but the benefits are enormous. Anyone who manages to maintain a daily sitting practice is likely to sing its praises, the hard part is making the time and finding the motivation to keep at it day after day.

As someone about to hit 650 days in a row of meditation (find me on Insight Timer to check!), I think maybe I have some valuable advice to give, and figured I’d write up the tips I give to new people who ask me how they can get started.

So please forgive my hubris, and may all beings meditate at ease 🙏🏻

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A Proposed, Tentative Logo for Recovery Dharma

Mockup of several versions of a Recovery Dharma logo as seen in a design application
Demo of my proposed logo for Recovery Dharma, showing vertical and horizontal formats, as well as a demo of the free and open-source font Lato which was used to create it. All my work on this is licensed  Creative Commons BY-SA.

TL;DR: I made a logo for Recovery Dharma because we need a visual brand ASAP and I think this one will do the trick, taking advantage of the dharma wheel icon we’ve already been using and the free font “Leto” . I hope it’s helpful to others, and encourage everyone to use it freely in promoting Recovery Dharma in any way. 

Download PNG, EPS, SVG, and more versions of the logo in a single Zip file:
RecoveryDharma-logo-jc-2019-07-10.zip

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The future of Refuge Recovery: Should we rename our sanghas if Noah Levine retakes control?

Below is the full text of a post shared to the Refuge Recovery closed Facebook group on 2019-06-17. It is reproduced here for readability and in case the original is ever removed. It is an accompaniment to the STATEMENT OF INDEPENDENCE AND COMMITMENT TO THE SANGHA document, explained below and reproduced in full at the bottom of this article.

Update: If you want more evidence that Noah’s reclamation of the trademark is imminent, see his June 14, 2019 legal filing. I’m not a lawyer but this case seems air-tight to me. He’s ethically in the wrong, but legally bound to win.
Update: After receiving 188 comments in 16 hours discussion was shut down on the Facebook post (requires group membership to view). If you’d like to add comments or discuss, please use the comment form below.

Update: In case you missed it, this all came to pass and happened. RR has split into two organizations, one run by Noah called Refuge Recovery World Services, and one run by former RR board and community members called Recovery Dharma. Hundreds of meetings have already discussed it and decided to join Recovery Dharma, a truly peer-led and non-profit addiction recovery program using mindfulness meditation and community to heal addiction.

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Video: GARBAGE BAG BUDDHA: A Birthday Message

It’s my birthday and I’ll make saccharine Buddhist videos if I want to 👌🏻

May contain: My thoughts on the year that passed and what I’ve learned, unsubtle metaphors, Michoacano handicrafts, accepting and letting go, mind-bending earnestness.

Find more Buddhist and Refuge Recovery videos on my YouTube channel, like the Guided Breathing Meditation, and Oral History of the Refuge Recovery Book.
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Refuge Recovery Breathing Meditation (guided meditation video)

This is a 20 minute, guided mindfulness of breathing meditation. By watching our breath, we can cultivate concentration and a sense of peace that will help us get through the hard moments in life. The script for this meditation comes from the Refuge Recovery program.

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Refuge Recovery Lovingkindness Meditation (guided meditation video)

This is a 23 minute, guided “metta” (lovingkindness) meditation. In lovingkindness practice we cultivate a sense of friendliness, compassion and acceptance by mindfully wishing ourselves and others well. The script for this meditation comes from the Refuge Recovery program.

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Achievement Unlocked: Meditated for 365 days in a row!

screenshot of insight timer app showing 365 consecutive days of meditation
Proof from Insight Timer that I’ve kept it up for a full year 🙌🏻

If you like meditation, sobriety or Refuge Recovery, take a minute to celebrate with me: Today I hit 365 days in a row of meditation on Insight Timer! It’s possible 🤘🏻

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Refuge Recovery Forgiveness Meditation (guided meditation video)

This is a 23 minute, guided meditation that encourages you to ask for forgiveness, forgive others and finally to forgive yourself, with a brief introduction. The meditation is derived from the Refuge Recovery tradition with modifications.

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Buddhist “Intention Setting Ceremony” for New Years (and Refuge Recovery)

Several candles laid out ceremonially with meditation bells and a copy of the Refuge Recovery book
A quick photo of the candles from our New Years intention setting ceremony at the Montreal Refuge Recovery meeting.

“Intention setting” is a concept you can find in a variety of Buddhist contexts, either as a daily practice done by an individual, or a communal ceremony performed by a sangha (community) of Buddhists. Often intention setting ceremonies are performed around the new year, as a more wholesome replacement for “New Years resolutions”.

This article describes an intention setting ceremony I synthesized for my Refuge Recovery group that meets each week. I’m sharing it for the sake of any Refuge Recovery groups, other Buddhist meetings, or anyone else who wants to try a ceremony like this!

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