Monthly Archives: July 2014

Teaching Challenges II

Sometimes challenges lurk in unexpected places. I had a martial arts student who was 5\’10\” and 225+ pounds, a bit overweight and very strong. If his execution of a technique was even halfway decent, none of us could stop him. … Continue reading

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More on Learning Styles, Part II

For a while, my wife was a substitute science teacher. One of her assignments was to teach biology to a class of \”slow\” students. Having been warned that conventional approaches were ineffective, she tried a different tack. For their first … Continue reading

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More on Learning Styles

Learning to program in C is relatively easy, up to a point. But most self-taught learners bog down at pointers, one of the more difficult programming concepts. When I taught C pointers, I first described how they worked in C … Continue reading

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Dharma at the Edge

Some people retreat to a hermit\’s cave for their spiritual practice. And stay there. Others go out into the world and make it a better place. Dharma at the Edge makes the case that this isn\’t just about service, it\’s … Continue reading

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Ganging Up on Ignorance

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius Research has found three major learning styles: visual (seeing), aural (hearing), and kinesthetic (moving). Most people have a preferred or dominant style, though most … Continue reading

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Mindfulness for Introverts

Once beyond a tradition\’s \”Introduction to Meditation\”, attention shifts from what (\”Sit down, shut up, pay attention\”) to how and for Westerners especially, why. Mindfulness for Introverts helped me from both a practical standpoint and a theoretical standpoint (I\’d say theological … Continue reading

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Cross Tradition Dialogue

I often describe myself as small-U universalist, I\’ll read any spiritual tradition\’s literature if it speaks to me.  Mostly it\’s mystical Christians (e.g. Meister Eckhart), Sufis, Hindus, and Buddhists.  Broken Heart, Open Heart is published in the Buddhist section of Patheos and … Continue reading

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