Buddhism Train the Mind

All About Community

Dear Bodhi&Bass Family,

I have lot’s of cool things to share with you! So this post is more of a newsletter than one of my usual tirades 🙂

Firstly, we’ve been mentioned on the Best Meditation Podcasts list on women.com (click). It just so happens (synchronicity🤯) that someone asked me about the potential for enlightenment in a female body, so my answer is: of course! Probably even much easier than male enlightenment –  just my gut feeling.

Also, we’re at the top of the recommended podcasts list by the Invested Voices Network, a very cool network of podcasts about mental health and human optimization. Check them out, I feel  they can be a huge resource for many.

In case you’ve missed the release of the new Buddhist Bits series, have a look: Bodhi&Bass Presents: Buddhist Bits

Now, a project near and dear to my heart: The Meditation & Mindfulness Server on Discord. Discord is basically a chat program, but it’s really so much more. I really found it to be the optimal way of getting together online, as it offers a giant range of tools for running a virtual community. The M&M Server specifically, is a community run by amazing and sweet people. I’ve yet to encounter a place on the internet so dedicated to maintaining a peaceful and mutually supportive atmosphere. Not an obvious task, as the community has quickly grown to over 1.5K members.

I myself am a member of the “buddies” team, described as someone who: ” … gives support and guidance where needed and help keep the community healthy and friendly. Tag them if you need an accountability partner or a shoulder to lean on”. I am also one of 3 teachers on the server, and lead a bi-weekly guided meditation with a discussion at the end of it, and a weekly Study Group, where we dive deeply into important texts of various meditative traditions. You can easily join the community by clicking the following link: https://discord.gg/FKWFeYq

To make your integration there easier, have a look at this video:

The Server has a ton of different offers, and the new website featuring a 4 week course on achieving stable meditative concentration, is really great. Keep an eye out for my own contributions to the blog and podcast over there on themindfulcourse.com. A useful piece answering the perplexing question, ‘What Is Mindfulness?’ will be out very soon.

If you’re looking for a community to support your practice, whether a beginner or highly advanced, come and take part, by clicking on https://discord.gg/FKWFeYq. It’s a truly magical place. Once you’re in, make sure to message me by tagging me @ShenJing.

See you there!

*If you’ve missed it: 

BBPBB#1 Doorway Zen

Session VI: Emptiness – The Interconnected Edition

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My first major influence was my grandmother Chaviva Dimenstein, who taught me violin. Even when I switched to guitar, because the violin was annoying to me, and finally to double bass, she still spent many hours every day helping me get better at music. In addition to her, I was blessed to study with many more great teachers, a rare thing to find. Most of them were not bass players at all, but supreme musicians who showed me the most important thing- we don’t learn music in order to play an instrument; we learn an instrument in order to play music. I have been practicing Buddhadharma since about 2008. I started out in a Theravada context, again learning from outstandingly inspiring teachers, then I practiced some Zen, and now I study and practice Vajrayana (Kagyu) and Chan Buddhism (Linji Lineage of HsuYun). My highest aspiration and greatest inspiration is the actual pursuit of happiness- that means my own happiness as well as that of all others.

1 comment on “All About Community

  1. Pingback: November Newsletter: No Such Thing as a Buddhist Priest – Bodhi&Bass

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