Office holiday party! A phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of mild-mannered workers everywhere. All one has to think of is The Office, or the hundreds of sitcom episodes featuring some drunken, antler-wearing boss, too much spinach dip, unbridled lechery, raging idle chatter, gossip, divisive speech, and breathtakingly unskillful means of telling one’s co-workers…

This is a story about obsessional thought. Papancha. Differentiated from skillful thinking, contemplation, or miscellaneous monkey mind by the presence of suffering. Papancha sucks. How my dharma teachers Josh and Craig have explained it: you get stuck like a scratched record on a series of painful thoughts. The shitty stories your mind tells. So you…

By Stillman Brown When I first started meditating I found myself trying to explain exactly what I was doing to a close friend. I’ve found it’s hard to describe without sounding obscure or over-complicating the whole thing. “I sit and watch the breath, and, ah, that’s about it,” I said to my friend. I paused,…

This past week has been a lesson, a remembrance of mortality. My close friend’s mother is dying from cancer. Hard and fast. So today, I would simply like to offer this poem that I wrote about my mother — a warm memory of her before her own death, 15 years ago. faint aurora She wanted…

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Davee Evans

Davee Evans is a Shambhala practitioner just returned to San Francisco from Portland. He’s a software and usability engineer, mostly for startups in Silicon Valley. He graduated from MIT with a degree in mathematics, where he also tried out his first weekend meditation retreat. Lately he’s particularly interested in Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist terminology.

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