Bonni Ross Teachings

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    Giving and Receiving by Bonni Ross
    Jul 27, 2012
    Why Dharma Teachers Don’t Charge Fees November 2007 “The gift, to be true, must be the flowing of the giver unto me, correspondent to my flowing unto him.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson The act of giving strengthens the giver and supports the receiver. To provide practitioners with opportunities to practice generosity is...
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    Awakening Dream by Bonni Ross
    Dec 11, 2014
    Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, and Are melted into air, into thin air: And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant...
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    SERVICE, The Practice of Going-Beyond by Bonni Ross
    Dec 18, 2014
    There is no awakening without compassionate action. Many practitioners find their growth and unfoldment has stalled, even though their skills as meditators are well-honed, and their lives well- founded in the practices of non-harming. How can this be? One contributing factor is misunderstanding the importance of service, in the context...
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    Overview of Buddhist Meditation Part 2 by Bonni Ross
    Jan 22, 2015
    We do this work to expand awareness, deepen wisdom and increase compassion for the benefit of all beings. First of all, I’d like to refresh your memory of the Jungian mandala of the four functions of the human being which we spoke about last week. Do you recall what they...
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    This Morning I Woke Early by Bonni Ross
    Jan 26, 2015
    I never saw a whooping crane But sometimes, in the summer night I would fall asleep under the covers Under the covers we put over our heads My cousins and me When grandpa came 'round with the bug spray "So you don't get eaten alive," he said And I would fall asleep safe from bugs And all...
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    A Householder's Prayer by Bonni Ross
    Mar 25, 2015
      To all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions and the Three Times: Please hear my prayer! Protect me from seduction by the subtle mind of preference And its supportive logic in story. Help me to see directly the shaping of my conditioning And acquire the skill to free myself from it. Alert me...
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    Overview of Buddhist Meditation Part 1 by Bonni Ross
    Aug 7, 2015
    We do this work to expand awareness, deepen wisdom and increase compassion for the benefit of all beings. What is meditation? It may interest you to know that in the ancient language of the culture where these practices were first developed, there wasn’t a word which exactly translates as “meditation”....
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    Falling in love with the universe, one being at a time by Bonni Ross
    Aug 7, 2015
      To write of love is to lack vocabulary: I could lie beside you on the night grass, Navigating the vastness of dark and light that is sky; Smelling the damp mother-body of the good ground; Ears quickening to silence, to rustle; to the hum and purr of stars; Tasting coffee to...
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    Refuge by Bonni Ross
    Aug 7, 2015
    We hear a lot today about the need for relief from physical illness or stress, and very often that is what causes an investigation of meditation to begin. Another cause is emotional turmoil of some kind, which eases into a temporary calm or peace during meditation. Both of these...