I've been wanting to pass on a few things that came to my attention during a retreat last month. I went to a "Scientist's retreat" at Spirit Rock Meditation Center that was open to neuroscientists - the focus being on the intersection between meditation/mindfulness and "western" neuroscience. There was some interest from some DIY folks, so I thought I'd put together some of my notes to share.
"A Sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society. Mindfulness is to protect ourselves and others. A good Sangha will lead us in the direction of harmony and awareness. The substance of the practice is most important. The forms can be adapted." ~ Thich Nhat Hahn