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Teaching

Four Paths to MBSR Teacher-hood (in English)

Several folks have asked me about becoming an MBSR teacher. Thought I’d share this last draft of my response; it may be helpful to others. :) *******Dear Rachida, greetings! As promised, here is a brain-dump of my knowledge re: becoming an MBSR teacher (in English): Background: As you probably know, MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn […]

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Discourse

Third Time’s The Charm

I am currently enrolled in one of Seth Godin’s Akimbo projects, “The Story Skills Workshop”. The first piece is a look at my transition from military aviator to philosopher of mindfulness. It’s been fascinating to go through the process of writing, editing, revising. Learning what the moral was along the way. I hope you enjoy […]

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DharmaPhD

Dharma PhD Update, 2020 Q1

As I divulge more about this little project o’mine, I’m amused and surprised by the interest. To answer questions and track my progress, I’ll make quarterly reports on how the project is taking shape. 2020 Q1 It seems that breaking things into quarters is more intelligible than academic semesters. Though I began thinking about this […]

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Discourse Practice

Dharma Practice, Transmogrified

Last year my dharma practice transmogrified. Let’s call this Part 1: What Happened. I had been practicing in a general way for some years. Omnivorous, secular, hot on cognitive science and evolutionary psychology while grazing here and there the texts and contemplative practices of various religious traditions. Rummaging around in the dharma bin, but unable […]

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Scholarship

Marc Akincano Weber, Re-contextualising Mindfulness, 2017–01–09

This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. Re-contextualising Mindfulness. Sati in Buddhist Psychology, sati in Mind-development, Images of sati. Establishing the Fourfold Mindfulness: (satipaṭṭhāna) as map and as four channels of experience. Insight Meditation Society — Retreat Center : Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: The Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Modalities and Research. This is the time when one of us […]

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Discourse Scholarship

¿What about “Nikayan Philosophy”?

Frequently Akincano refers to what he calls “Buddhist Psychology”. I’m curious if this is a phrase used across the Bodhi College team? For myself, as I explore these disciplines of Mind and Human Flourishing (that is: Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience, and Contemplative Practice), I find it increasingly important to select the most appropriate (dare […]

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Scholarship

Marc Akincano Weber, The meeting of Dukkha and Sati — a transformative encounter, 2014–08–22

This is one of a series of transcripts of contemporary talks which I have found particularly instructive. This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. The meeting of Dukkha and Sati — a transformative encounter. Insight Meditation Society — Forest Refuge : August 2014 at IMS — Forest Refuge. Good. Tonight I’d like to say something about Dukkha. And about Sati, Mindfulness. […]

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Discourse

Pressing Ideas Up Against the World

The deeper I delve into Buddhist psychology, the more I feel at risk of going tharn in the face of its immensity. The work here at CogScifulness is 100% an attempt to deal with that threat of overwhelm. I worry, somewhat, about exposing my under-construction understanding… but I do not believe that wisdom can develop […]

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Scholarship

Bhikkhu Jayasara Mindmaps

I have long been a proponent of MindMapping as a brainstorming and categorization technique. Today I discovered that Bhikkhu Jayasara (of Bhavana Society) digs them too. Back in 2017 he posted several MindMaps of Buddhist concepts. Do take a look. They are well done. To wet your appetite, here’s his MindMap for “All the Defilements”:

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Scholarship

Majjhima Nikāya 2 — All the Effluents

As I begin to explore the Tipiṭaka (the Pāli Canon, the Buddhist scriptures that began to be written maybe about 400 years after Gotama’s death), I find that I need to further translate the scholarly renditions (from Bikkhus Ñanamoli, Bodhi, Ṭhānissaro, etc), into an every-day English that I can more readily access. This seems to […]

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Scholarship

Marc Akincano Weber, Vedanā, Practice on Attention and Sati, 2011–03–13

This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. Vedanā, Practice on Attention and Sati. Gaia House : Stillness and Insight Good. I’d like to ask for your attention. A few clarifications of our exercise. 00:20 We have started identifying aspects of breathing, have started taking up the exercise of returning attention to a chosen process, to […]

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Scholarship

Marc Akincano Weber, Vedanā — Feeling tone and attention: Practice instruction, 2017–07–04

This is one of a series of transcripts of contemporary talks which I have found particularly instructive. This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. Vedanā — Feeling tone and attention. Practice instruction. Insight Meditation Society — Retreat Center : Cultivation — Investigation — Contemplation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students. Good. Let me request your attention again for some clarifications about our exercise. […]

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Scholarship

Marc Akincano Weber, Citta — The Knowing Heart, 2019–01–04

This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. Citta — The Knowing Heart. Citta [as] the seat of experience. References to citta in the discourses. Upadana — four forms of grasping. The vision of atammayata “unconcoctability”. Insight Meditation Society — Retreat Center : Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students So I’m glad to have made it. Just got lost […]

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Scholarship

Marc Akincano Weber, Review of Tools — Orientation, 2019-01-03

This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. Review of Tools — Orientation. Four satipatthana paradigm as a map. Instruction on meditative skills resourcing — orienting — attuning — forming intentions. Insight Meditation Society — Retreat Center : Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students 0:02 So, good morning everyone. We’re in the midst of our retreat. I trust you feel some of this […]

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Scholarship

Marc Akincano Weber, Citta the Knowing Mind, 2018-07-20

This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. Citta the Knowing Mind. Insight Meditation Society — Retreat Center : Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students 01:11 Once more I’d like to request your kind attention for some thoughts. We’ve been exercising what we, somewhat casually, call the mind. As you are probably aware, this is […]

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Marc Akincano Weber, Cittānupassanā: Contemplation of Mind States, 2018-07-19

This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. Cittānupassanā: Contemplation of Mind States. Insight Meditation Society — Retreat Center : Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students I’d like to indulge your attention for some considerations around Cittānupassanā, the contemplation of mind states. A mind state is different from the three other Satipaṭṭhānas in character. Body […]

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Marc Akincano Weber, Flavors of Not Knowing, 2018–07–17

This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. Flavors of Not Knowing. Insight Meditation Society — Retreat Center : Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students I’d like to request your kind attention for few thoughts on practice. I was going to give you a lofty discourse on the nature of the Citta. At the heart […]

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Marc Akincano Weber, A Psychological Take on Bhavana, 2018–07–12

This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. A Psychological Take on Bhavana: Four Dimensions of Meditation Practice. Insight Meditation Society — Retreat Center : Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students I’d like to request your attention for a little story that I will begin with and some scattered thoughts on a number of little […]

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Scholarship

Marc Akincano Weber, Satipaṭṭhāna — Four Establishments Of Mindfulness, 2018–07–09

This talk was made available by Dharma Seed. Satipatthana — Four Establishments Of Mindfulness Satipaṭṭhāna (Satipatthana) as a map of experience and practical orientation. Insight Meditation Society — Retreat Center : Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students 0:23 So. I’d like to request your kind attention. You’ve been doing well. Second day. Yet another scratch on the […]

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Scholarship

Transcripts of Contemporary Oral Teachings

I am about to begin a rather involved project of transcribing and posting hour-plus long talks to this blog. Following is my rationale. It’s a dusty read whose purpose is to assure I come in peace. Not worth reading unless you are mad, and if you are mad, it is unlikely you are interested in […]

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Scholarship

Bodhi College — What is Mindfulness?

Bodhi College, in conjunction with Tricycle Online Courses, is offering a course entitled “Mindfulness: Its Origins, Purpose, and Transformational Power”. Course instructors are Akincano Weber, Christina Feldman, Stephen Batchelor, and John Peacock. The preview material includes a video entitled “What is Mindfulness?”. It is available for free; click “Free Preview”, enter your email address. You’ll […]