Contemplative Studies Program Blog
Repay Their Kindness | Step 18 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 03, 2021

Recognize all beings as kin helps us feel solidarity.

Remembering their kindness helps us feel gratitude.

Now repay their kindness. Identify all the contaminated motivations for giving - obligation, guilt, fear etc.

Now try to imagine coming from a place of basic trust over mistrust, abundance...

Continue Reading...
Remember the Kindness of All Beings | Step 17 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 01, 2021

Remember the Kindness of all Mother Beings.

We are sculpting our minds towards industrial strength altruism.

In this series of reflections we are consciously choosing what to focus on. Step 16 recognizes all beings as kin, step 17 remembers their kindness.

Let’s define kindness as the...

Continue Reading...
Equanimity Balances Social Reactivity | Step 15 of Awakening in 30 Steps Jul 29, 2021

Whereas the steps leading to the first milestone of renunciation cultivated the view and skills for individual freedom, we have now transitioned to a series of steps leading to the second milestone of altruism.

This transition in emphasis from self liberation to liberation of others, is...

Continue Reading...