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Vision, Mission, & Culture

Vision. The Inmost Courtyard is a circle of friends exploring together the highest teachings and most advanced practices currently informing the evolving Buddhadharma.

Mission. The Inmost Courtyard offers a unique contribution to the Pragmatic Dharma movement by means of an intimate setting that emphasizes committed peer-to-peer lay support; practice over theory, philosophy, and dogma; and open mapping of experiential result to specific practice method.

Culture. We foster through a deliberately small and private membership, as well as live group practice and conversation, a unique culture of intimacy, openness, trust, and celebratory practice support.
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  • Members' Introductions



    New members, please introduce yourself. Here are some suggested items to list:


      * Past traditions and teachers (and years)
      * Current traditions and teachers
      * Other major influences on your practice
      * Recent and current practice focus, goals, or concerns
      * Links to any practice journals or blogs you've kept
      * Any limitations to what you can discuss (vows and bonds)
      * Location and time zone
      * Occupation, hobbies, education, or other facts

    4 Topics
    6 Posts
    Alex's intro
    Sun 13 Aug 2017, 1:53 am
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  • Vipassana & Samatha



    Post topics about vipassana (insight) practice, samatha (concentration) practices, or practices that combine vipassana with samatha. Examples are as follows:

    * Hard jhana states
    * Formless realms
    * Kasina practices
    * Nirodha samapatti
    * Thai Forest in-tandem vipassana and samatha

    2 Topics
    3 Posts
    avatarInteroception-to...
    Sat 12 Aug 2017, 7:42 pm
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  • Mahamudra & Dzogchen



    Discuss here the theory of Indo-Tibetan Essence Traditions and the practices that lead to Extraordinary Insight.
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    6 Posts
    avatarLuminosity versu...
    Sun 06 Aug 2017, 11:23 pm
    Jenny View latest post
  • Magick



    This forum is for exploring knowledge, practices, and results pertaining to our embodiment of power. Suggested topics include the following:

    * Bon and other shamanic practices
    * Tantras
    * Siddhis
    * Transmission
    * Prayer and invocation
    * Devotional practices
    * Omniscience and spontaneous presence of Buddhahood
    * Western magick

    Please read the rules posted at the top of the "New Topic" page of this forum before participating in it.

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    1 Posts
    How I Got "Lumin...
    Wed 26 Jul 2017, 12:52 pm
    Noah View latest post
  • Physio-energetic & Somatic Practices



    Post topics about goals, methods, and results of practices focusing on the body. Some suggestions are as follows:

    * Energy channels
    * Breath energy
    * Chakras
    * Movement, such as prostrations and dancing
    * Martial arts
    * Diet, eating, and fasting
    * Sex
    * Dangers of dissociation and depersonalization
    * Realization of the nirmanikaya

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  • Compassion & Loving-Kindness



    Post topics related to formal practice of love and compassion. Suggested topics include the following:

    * Brahma-vihara
    * Tonglen
    * Intersections with concentration states
    * Intersections with magick

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  • Daily Life, Integration, & Conduct



    Post topics related to ways formal practice has transformed daily off-the-cushion life for you; conversely, post topics related to daily life and conduct as practice itself. If you feel caught in a moral or ethical dilemma, or disturbed by an interpersonal issue, here is a safe place where you may elicit advice or views from dharma friends. Some suggested topics are as follows:

    * Sila in general
    * Buddhist precepts
    * The ten perfections
    * The eight worldly dharmas
    * Relative and absolute bodhichitta
    * Lojong practice
    * Other mystical systems, such as Sufism or Christianity
    * The five Buddha families as conduct progression during conflict
    * The six realms as conduct guide
    * Buddhism as not necessarily about consensus "niceness"
    2 Topics
    8 Posts
    Stainless Mind: ...
    Sat 12 Aug 2017, 11:53 pm
    Noah View latest post
  • Video Sangha



    Propose topics and times for video chats or video-enabled group practice, and then post the event to the site's calendar. Note that the calendar had to be tied to a single forum, so we created a Calendared Events forum to cover all events from all the other forums; therefore, please post the official event description and calendar it from there. Admins will also be scheduling twice-monthly open sits. Post whatever notes and afterthoughts you have about completed video sessions here.

    3 Topics
    4 Posts
    Weigh In: Times ...
    Mon 31 Jul 2017, 11:20 am
    Steph View latest post
  • Mappers' & Modelers' Drawing Board



    Here is where you may wax theoretical and philosophical; however, this space is chiefly for connecting the dots, so to speak, between individual practices and their results to yield pragmatic maps and models of transformation, awakening, and full enlightenment. In other words, in addition to discussing traditional maps and models, here is where you may venture to outline your own.

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  • Culture & the Buddhadharma



    Post topics about intersections of culture and the buddhadharma. Suggested topics are as follows:

    * Gender and other identity politics
    * Evolution of the dharma in the postmodern Western world
    * The good, the bad, and the ugly of Western psychology
    * Mental illness and practice
    * Modern science
    * Art (poetry, fiction, myth, song, visual art)
    * Humor
    * History
    * Dharma forums
    * Local sangha and centers
    1 Topics
    4 Posts
    avatarSkyping with Pai...
    Tue 09 Feb 2016, 9:11 pm
    Jenny View latest post
  • Books, Retreats, & Other Resources



    Post resources that come up in other forum discussion or that you simply want to share:

    * Books and reviews thereof
    * Retreats and workshops
    * Teachers
    * Videos
    * Audio
    * Articles and blogs
    * Meditation and ritual supplies

    1 Topics
    1 Posts
    avatarWeekend Retreat...
    Mon 01 Feb 2016, 9:52 pm
    Jenny View latest post
  • Calendared Events



    The calendar feature that appears on this site has to be linked to a single forum in order for us to be able to schedule directly from the calendar interface on the landing page; this is that forum. All members may post official announcements of internal and external events here and use the calendar function from within the forum or the calendar itself to make events appear on the calendar.
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