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Repairing Our Hearts - Healing with the RAIN of Compassion
"Greetings friends welcome back right here now so our second almost full day together and i just wanna star really by bowing to to honor your practice. I felt so much a sense of the sincerity and that presence in space that we're creating together so it's delicious and you know especially in the midst of such a reactive spinning hurting world right now really matters that were coming together. Like this in this relative quiet missino. It's not quiet for everyone. More stillness more connecting with hearts. You know we miss. Oh much when were preoccupied on. We're speeding along on automatic. And you know just reacting to daily stressors. I received an email woman wrote to me about her four year old and she was buckling her daughter. And after you know. Typically hurried morning Two working parents baby young children to different schools. You get the picture and this is what she wrote. She said i noticed my daughter's nails or getting long. And i told her we'd have to cut them tonight and started talking about the other things that we need to happen in the evening. Taking a bath and detangling her curls and she said. Ok mom but let's care about now so i just love that because it's such a beautiful description of our practice carrying about what's here now. So this talk i will be exploring really our primary challenge to this open hearted presence this carrying about now and it happens when now is unpleasant and we have this very deep conditioning. When it's unpleasant as we know to react by pulling away by contracting and also to react by turning on ourselves especially when an emotional pain physical pain is strong and ongoing it often comes a self version and i invite you to check that out. So the title of the talk is repairing our hearts. And if we want to understand how we perpetuate disrepair suffering. We need to begin to recognize in the background of. What's going on the stories that we're telling ourselves in other words we need to see how we move from a fuelling. That's unpleasant to judging it as bad something bad's happening and then moving on even further saying something's wrong with me and it happens very quickly. You know something's wrong. Something's wrong with me and we call it. The second arrow from the buddha's teaching that the first hour is some painful experience and the second arrow. And this is what's critical. Is this slapping on of a story about what's happening. There's a pali word i love. It's papa and it's that chain of reactivity the proliferation that happens so rather than just feeling. Something's unpleasant we immediately start trying to figure it out. Push it away and blame usually and usually we blame ourselves and we ended up solidifying our identity as a flawed separate self in that chain reaction. Now i just want a name. That of course. The story about badness extends to others you know we often blame others and say you're bad and we blame life. Life's bad but deep down if there's any rejecting of the present moment were not liking ourselves. Mistrusting ourselves and in buddhist psychology any moment of resisting. What's right here. A wanting life different is suffer. It could be very subtle suffering because we're in some habitual way of distracting. Our could be very profound but either way when we want life different we cannot inhabit and live from the love and the awareness. That's our true nature. So ona tell you about a friend of mine Some of you might of heard of him. Dan gottlieb. He's a psychologist. He's an author radio host from philadelphia and i interviewed him for my podcast. When he was thirty three he had a very successful career. Family then had an accident that landed him quadriplegic chronic pain so this is almost forty years ago and at first after the accident he wrapped what was going on in many many stories. I'll a terrible life. I can't live with. This is wife died soon after more pain and it landed as a sense of personal badness pain and there's something really wrong with me and life is bad and he started realizing that his stories were what was creating the suffering
Cultivating a Courageous Heart - Part 2 (2021-01-20)
"A few days ago. I was reading the news and then i went out for a hike by the river and stopped and just kind of meditated in this overlook and i could see below me the trail along the river and see people little people and and even smaller dogs and there were kice flying overhead and Yeah i could see the curve of the river from where i was standing the rocks and it helped give my heart some more space more perspective and i was reminded of the overview fact which many of you i know have heard of with astronauts viewing earth from space and as one described it and you might just for a moment and if it helps closure is just imagine what it'd be like to look through the window of a spaceship and see that vast space of blackness there and then seeing firsthand the reality of the earth and space as one astronomer astronaut described it. He said it's immediately understood to be a tiny fragile ball of life. Hanging in the void shielded nurse by paper. Thin atmosphere from space national boundaries banish the conflicts that divide people become less important and the need to create a planetary society with a united will to protect this pale. Blue dot becomes both obvious and imperative. These are the words of michael collins and the ads this. He says the thing that really surprised me was that the earth projected an air fragility and why. I don't know i don't know to this day. I had a feeling it's tiny. It's shiny it's beautiful. It's home and it's fragile. I know for me. There's something about when. I really take that in You can feel real tenderness in my heart. It really helps to step away from the intensity and remember the far reaches of of time of space this mystery and beauty of this natural world and really the big picture beyond or changing governments and ideologies and divisions and just come back to this preciousness of. What's here we know what most matters this cherishing life. So this is our kind of background will
David Nichtern: Buddhist Wisdom for Realizing Your Creative Vision (#101)
"David nick turn for another fascinating conversation. This episode was recorded. Live on l. wisdom chat series and then we discussed the subject very near and dear to david spiritual life and career. And that's the topic of creativity. David is a published author and meditation teacher was a direct student of choke him. Trumper rampage in the seventies and eighties. David also a very successful songwriter and an emmy award winning composer. All this makes david the perfect person to write a practical guide on how to turn out creative visions into everyday reality. He's written a book creativity spirituality and making a buck and we'll discuss some of those themes today. You hear david talk about how creativity naturally arises as well as the conditions that make it flourish david. Such a brilliant thinker on these subjects. I so much enjoyed this conversation. And i hope you do too so david thank you. Welcome everybody greetings. Good evening so it's great to have you here and tonight. We're going to talk a little bit about the relationship between creativity meditation and different buddhist practices and i was i sort of wanted to stop with a recent project of ios. It was a project you did with your one of your students. The comedian duncan trussell. The test In done something with Pendleton ward right. And it's an animated television series on netflix. it's called the midnight gospel and one of the episodes. The main character clancy a heads off throughout the universe in In search of meditation master. And he comes across a planet and david. Nick ton though i was wondering how that project can do and what was the. What was that experience like. Because it's really a rich sort of expression of dhamma meeting a highly creative with a whole lot of highly creative team. So i wanted to hear more about that. Yeah so duncan. I've been playing with christopher dawson for many almost twenty years now and producing his records and playing guitar with him. When i can and one of the great venues and joyful gatherings was in maui we twice a year you know for the last seven or eight years we were there and it was with ramdas and then also usually there's That songa balked the maharaja. You know Name karoly bob asanga and then they also always have buddhist teachers. So it's kind of like a un in paradise you know beautiful retreat in in in a beautiful resort in maui about i think four or five years ago some younger and when i say younger i mean almost. Everybody is younger than me. Now but you know in the thirties and forties started coming and particularly. There were two comedians homeless. Pete holmes who is quite well known also who have done on his podcast a bunch of times and hung out with with them quite a bit and duncan trussell. Dunkin has a very very well-known. Podcast duncan trussell dot com. If you go there. I've been on it. Maybe four or five times. Dunkin interviewed a lot of people who are crossover kind of You know you millennial older folks who are spiritually kind of teachers theater people comedians. He himself is very well known. Comedian and he. He toured with joe rogan for for quite a while. Joe was his mentor so He he he's coming at it from a comedian but he's also you know what i would call what we used to captain trips you know. He's he's the guide for the a lot of people sort of tune into him to kind of figure out what's going on and get their head screwed on straight so Or not
Meditation: Refuge of Living Presence (2021-01-30)
"Take some moments to feel as you come into stillness this body breathing and you might ask yourself wants to let go right now. Syncing the possibility of releasing any unnecessary tension or tightness as a way of deepening presence. To scan through the body relaxing letting go you might soften. The is that the brow beat. It's helpful to bring a slight smile to the mouth. just feel the mouth from the inside out. The tingling putting letting the awareness spread through the face leading the features beatty's scalp and skull. Feeling tingling vibrating aliveness shoulders relaxed. Back down some can take some more time. If you haven't already fuel the shoulders to the inside out perhaps
Cultivating a Courageous Heart - Part 1 (2020-01-13)
"Friends. That's really lovely to be with. You thank you so much for joining in. I know a lot of people. Were looking forward very much to twenty twenty one as a relief from the suffering of twenty twenty. And so here we are and The wild ride continues onward heard an exchange between a patient and a doctor. The patient said you. Know of dr so-so nervous. This is my first operation and the doctors responses. Don't worry it's mine too and it feels like it's kind of like our world right now that those of us who are alive now have never been here before the just so much uncertainty and responding to pandemics and the violence of an attempted coup or government. And which were all trying to get our arms around and make sense of. What's going on as i thought of. It brought to mind another story of a little boy. Who's asking his father you know. Where does the wind come from. Father says i don't know and then the voices will. Why do dogs bark. father says. I don't know then he. This is a wise. The earth frowned and again. I don't know then the voices dad. Are you bothered bother asking you so many questions. Fathers no not at all son. Please ask otherwise you'll never learn anything so it feels really important right now to bring our curiosity to all. That's happening our care not rely on answers but really have the courage to live with the uncertainty that year. I had a different talk planned for tonight but given the events of last week. And how much is really churning. For so many people i shifted gears. Don't wear it won't just be a string of silly jokes. Although maybe that would be the most probably the most healing thing we could have right now so as many of you know i do offer this weekly sought song which is a a gathering each saturday where people come together. We meditate and then they're different questions that are on people's minds and the first question that came up. I wanna share with you. Which is how do we deal with our reactions to violence to the loud angry hate-filled violence that were experiencing in our midst.
Meditation: Reconnecting to Silence and Presence (2021-01-13)
"Down into the pelvic region receiving the aliveness. That's here breath by breath aware of the sensation to the legs relaxing. The feet feeling the contact with the earth beneath you the pressure the temperature feeling from the inside out the sensations in the feet then sensing that you can simultaneously feel all the sensations throughout the body. This whole dance of sensation again discovering within this field of sensation the movement of the breath letting yourself with the breath wherever tes most predominant perhaps at the nostrils the inflow outflow the rising falling at the chest perhaps expanding and at the ballet. Maybe it's the fuelling of the breath thing received throughout the body aware in the background. This whole fueled of aliveness simple movement of the waves of the breath in the foreground relaxed receptive. Prasan it's quite natural that the mind will take you off into the future the past and just let your intention be to relax back when you notice that come back to your senses listening to the sound of the right here reawakening in the body you might scan again just relaxing. The shoulders softening the hands killing the movement of the breath for the body relaxing. Your heart resting in. What's right here. Let your practice be simple coming back to the senses again and again dealing the breath killing whatever feelings or emotions might baskin fear. Attention bringing your care to the changing flow of experience. That's right here.
Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Hasapanna | 03 March 2016
"Today we have a variable house panel to give us To to give us a dhamma talk after leading us in the meditation and with venerable hospital. Now we have vegetable jodi so to worship and now tosa comfortable posture and dis- relax. Body is if those who need to sit on a chair please zone so some of you have been busy and your mind is still busy deceit down and just relax a body and not to force yourself to focus on your medication up jake. This allowed to mind to be an accepting this moment. Whatever happened just let it be. Relax body bring you advance in your body and to skip relaxing your body relaxing your neck your face your shoulder as esa body relax and naturally you come down. Esa mind calm. Down is very naturally you'd be able to do observe yet and is very netra and durr's to allow the breath to
Listening Deeply with the Heart | Bhante Bodhidhaja | 16 November 2020
"So if you would like to ask some questions there will be a bit of time at the end set aside so you can ask you questions on the youtube live chat and we'll try to ulsan. We'll see depending on how many there are. We might not be able to get through all of them if this is your first time joining just to give you a bit of an idea how this usually runs. So we have a short introduction in the beginning to you know. Set the scene or give you a little bit of inspiration or information for a guided. Meditation that follows off towards the guard. Meditation is around forty five minutes so just yet for your meditation mental budget so to speak and then we ring the bell and we have to q. And a. as i said the guided meditation usually guided for. I don't know maybe fifteen twenty minutes in the beginning and then the rest of the meditation will just be silent and at the end Maybe for the last five minutes. I'll guide you out of the meditation again. So my name is spun booty dodger. And i've been staying here at newbury now. Four almost five and a half months. We'll be moving back to bohdan back to Purse home friday. So this is my last monday meditation here for society of victoria at new breed. Buddhist monastery so. Yesterday i was giving a toke about the last two presets and the fourth and fifth and I couldn't spend that much time on both of them. Have because we had to wrap things up. And when i was talking about truthfulness about not lying about speaking the truth and seeing the truth and also about speech just indicated that it's also important not to have just ride speech but also to have right listening because if we do listen deeply than we will be speaking less and we will be speaking from a place of more clarity of more wisdom and listening is such a beautiful word that really encapsulates. So many things that are connected to meditation as well and as. This is the meditation monday meditation. We'll be focusing more on that. So the world is unfortunately so and very heavy with language. It's very weighed down with language or also with a lot of the visual aspect off. Well to human being stuttering involved in in this in this world and i had the privilege to work with people who are blind or even blind deaths or death and with a handicapped. People as well who didn't have language weren't able to express themselves verbally so that was a very interesting part of my life. When i decided not to join the army in switzerland back then it was a compulsory. I mean it's actually still compulsory today but it's easier m today to do social service in stand back then. It was a little bit difficult but you could still do social service instead of military training Forbid longer and i had three hundred ninety days i could spend in indifferent areas with different people and usually you do one glowing service which is half a year long and that offer year. I spent with disabled people living in a Where they live in a home together Some of them for most of the time the oldest just during the week and go and see their families on the weekend and we were basically living along those people and they weren't silent even though they didn't have a language to communicate how we usually communicate but enable in order to be able to hear them and to hear them with our hearts. We had to learn to listen deeply with our own hearts. So i realized with a lots of those kind of engagements that i had. I also went on holidays with the different people as i mentioned before who had disabilities in different areas. Any told me to listen in a different way to communicate in a different way to be with other people in a different way. Where language just isn't there on one side and so you would still be using language on your side but you are trying to tune in to what is happening in their world. And i realized when i was doing that that kind of shifted especially when i was living along with those people or when when we were on a camp together for one or two weeks It was a really immersive experience where you would switch the way you perceive things which way you listen and you communicate so i would always say it's like putting out your satellite dishes or your antennas that usually are not used in communicating with other people. Because or they are not so prominent. And you're not so aware of them. So i'm very grateful for that time that i spent with those beautiful human beings and through the listening and i was able to learn a lot of things. One thing which happens with listening is also remembered. Time as a child when you listened to. Your parents are when you listen to your teachers reading out a story. That's also one of those occasions where we just sit. Sometimes imagined sit in a in a in a circle around the fire at a fireplace. Or even you know in the classroom i had. We had a special corner where we would go with a big couch. Because i only had seventeen kids in my class. They were all able to kind of sit on the couch. And listen to the story. That i was going to read out and i wanted to read out part of story tonight as well and that story comes from mikhail india german writer. Some of you might know that. Never ending story Michelle india has written to never end is ending story and it was also made into a movie that went around the globe. Well many many years ago by now and he's also written many other books but one of books that he has written and that i really liked back then and dug up and read again as a monastic is cold. Momo in english Was a bit hard to track down but apparently there is some translations and one of the translations of that book is no cold momo but it's cold the gray gentleman and just to quickly sam summarized the whole story. It's it's about a young young girl called memo which suddenly kind of appears on the scene and is living in the forest in an old amphitheater and the same way as she appears there is also those gray gentlemen that appear and they infiltrate the city and their aim is to steal time from the people so they come in with their suitcases and they're they're look very officially with the official with their ties and Convince people if they save time now that they will have more time later down the tracking their lives. But what is actually happening behind the scenes is that those gray gentlemen are stealing the time of the people and the time is signified in the story of a flower that grows in the heart of every body and they are stealing the petals of those time. Flowers and smoking does time time pedals. And that's how they can Survive and momo is basically the only person they can't steal the time from and she is the person who in the end saves you know the whole limb everybody and gives them back the time that those great gentlemen have stolen from from them very very nice story and you happen to find it somewhere. I was trying to find the book but it it. It wasn't easy in german. Of course not a problem. I think but English is a bit harder but did track down a translation. And i would like to read out to you as some extracts from the chapter two which is cold listening. So let's listen. Momo received a stream of others was almost always to be seen with someone sitting beside her talking earnestly and those who needed her but couldn't come themselves would sing for her instead as for those who needed her but hasn't yet realised it the others used to tell them. Why not go and see momo in time. These words became a stock phrase with the local inhabitants justice. Day said oldest or so long or heaven only knows so they took to saying on all sorts of occasions. Why not go. Nc mo was momo's so incredibly bright that she always gave good advice or found the right words to console people in need of consolation or delivered fair and far-sighted opinions on their problems. No she was no more capable of that than anyone else of her age. So could she do things that put people in a good mood could sing like a bird or play an instrument given that she lived in kind of circus could she dons or do acrobatics. No it wasn't any of these matters whilst you did. She know some magic spells that would drive away troubles and cares coochie rita persons palm or foretell the future. In some other way.
"On sunday. i spoke at a unity church which now meets over zoom and they recorded it so just transcribed it to share a more condensed and cohesive version of my talk with you shortly after january first. I posted the question online. What if you simply devoted this year to loving yourself more. I was quickly saddened by the overwhelming response. From people saying they wouldn't even know where to start saying things like that would be difficult. I can't even imagine easier said than done. Or how do i do that. It reminded me of when i didn't feel worthy of love. Let alone knew how self love would even look like. I know it's different from self-centeredness. Which is egotistical and selfish. So whenever i try to better understand a concept i think of its opposite and the distinction becomes crystal clear. The opposite self care is not selflessness itself neglect. Many of us are conditioned to go above and beyond for other people. Clean the house before having company over and be considerate of other people's time. These are all wonderful qualities but make sure your name is on that list of people worthy of your best. We are so quick to say things like it's just me and the word just implies where unimportant and insignificant. I'm not talking about boasting his royal highnesses here where you enter a room. I'm talking about self care. We care for those. We love fault so to answer the question. What does self love look like. Here are a few suggestions. There's a restaurant in seattle with the slogan. Eat like you give a damn. It's funny and cute at first but think about it a little more. Eat like you care in other words begs the question care about what you'd like you care about your health about yourself about the planet animals local farmers you get the idea. He'd like you care because the alternative is eating lucky. Don't care self love starts with carrying about you. Each of the three times my sister found out she was pregnant. For example she immediately stopped drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes the moment she gave birth however she started smoking and drinking again. She said she stopped when there was precious life inside of her but she totally failed to acknowledge. There's always precious life inside of her her own. Why are we so dismissive of our own worth and value. Self neglect is significantly wider spread than initially realized. When i simply suggested we love ourselves more and it affects many aspects of our lives. Not just what we consume. Let's go beyond eating like we care to living like we care. Your life is your message. Meaning you don't need to tell anybody what's important to you because your actions convey that information quite clearly is your message that of self love or self neglect d. See yourself as having worth or as worthless not in theory intellectually or on paper but in actions to your decisions. Reflect that you care that you don't. When studying spirituality whether religious or secular eastern or western from nama stay meaning the divinity in me acknowledges the divinity and others or we are all god's children everything points to sanctity within each of us yet. I myself spent many years. Failing to treat myself. Like i was sacred. And i don't mean holier than thou. I mean exactly as holy as thou one of my teachers described our body as the one jacket that our soul gets to wear for an entire lifetime. If you only owned one coat you wouldn't throw it on the ground every time you got home or carelessly. Toss it in the corner. You would hang it up nicely. Keep it clean and take good care of it. That simple visual of a jacket really knocked some sense into me. And i realized i was totally mistreating. My coat. that's one. My definition of healthy changed from a meal for example that had something healthy in it to only mean meals that didn't have anything unhealthy in them. People claim glass of wine is good for you and while it's true there are ingredients and wine that are good for you. Alcohol isn't one of them. That's just what makes what would otherwise be grape juice vinegar drinkable. But i don't just mean food or beverage. Everything was consuming changed. Television shows movies articles books. Even the friends. I wanted in my life or family members pretty much anything. Toxic had to go my bedtime changed. I started spending more time in nature and making decisions that reduced the stress in my life not added to it. I can't give you a recipe for self love because it's going to look different for each of us but at its core to answer all those questions about where to start or how to go about doing it start by carry. It helps me. Visualize to beings inside of me. The god within and the ego within so when i eat which one of my feeding if i'm tempted to hold a grudge for whose benefit am i doing it when i get angry which is a perfectly natural response to witnessing something that doesn't sit right with us which part of me decides how to respond the compassionate side that stands for peace and kindness or the destructive site that acts out of rage. Get to know the god within you or the good within you. If you're not comfortable with the word. God by first and foremost acknowledging that it's there and then taking care of it heck pretend you're pregnant with precious life inside of you if you have to but start living like you care eating like care sleeping like you care drinking like you care investing in your life like you care and you will find that by loving yourself more you will actually have more of yourself to give to others not less. Eventually you will see. There is no distinction between yourself and others. We are all holy. We are all worthy of love and compassion. Every single one of us with no exception including you so back to my original question. What if you simply devoted this year to loving yourself more before a good things can come your way you must. I believe you deserve them. We are so good at imagining the life we want. But we're not so good at saying no to anything that isn't that just remember. The opposite of self care is not selflessness itself neglect so take care of yourself this year and every year from now on now stay timber. Hawkeye's the bestselling author of faith. Fully religion lists and buddhist boot camp for additional information. Please visit buddhist bootcamp dot com for you can order autograph books to support the prison. Library project watch tempers inspiring tedtalk and join our monthly mailing list. We hope you have enjoyed this episode and invite you to subscribe for more thought provoking discussions. Thank you for being a soldier of peace in the army of love.
Four Immeasurables: Open Hearted Joy - The Buddha Dharma Series
"One's own mind and if your mind is polluted your actions through follow in the same vein later in life. When i was still very poor passing exams. I used to think how happy my friends would fail. Bypassing how their parents again to be proud. What a good future. My friends got into have these though of appreciation a fumble constructive and this is what we're looking for here. So we're gonna be doing apprentice. Gold open hard to joy. Sit comfortably and lightly. Closure is. We'll start by taking three slow debut calming breasts so breathing slowly and deeply through your hold the breath and now push all the air out through your mouse again. Thin hoard embree though the air out through your mouth one last time breathing. Three dollars and breathe out through your mouse. Now just breathe nomally. Don't force the breath in any way. Just allow it to find. Its own natural rhythm.
Anxiety and Fear | Dennis Sheppard | 28/03/2020
"Hello everybody is dan sheppard. And i'm the president of the boot. Assad western australia and i belong to a k. Group that we are starting up here. The buddhist and saw have waste mistrial. In fact this group is a group of people that are gonna come together to stop Listening service for the membership and the supporters and the friends of the buddhist society of wasting strider. And we're into this task of starting up listening service with one group of people and we have enough to be able to sit up. Some shifts to main telephones. I've a few hours yet to be decided but it will start probably about a month or so We're just in the process of setting up some computers and telephone systems to be able to do too many shoe what we're doing but also just getting everything implies in terms of training and making sure that everything is is from our end so that it can be okay for anyone who might want to ring in talk about all sorts of things anything from loneliness and despair et depression. Even through to to suicide thought an audience. Asian so we say this is a very important service and particularly useful for for those practitioners here and around the world that are practicing meditation because becoming a listener in this. Why is a very important service that we can provide to have friends and family and really to the whole community as you would probably understand to listen to somebody. Israeli caught a special thing because very often. We don't listen very closely. We listen intently. To what somebody you sign as a general rule on knife from myself to that you can find yourself already making up a rebuttal to what's being said or maybe thinking. Why don't you do this. Can you do this and we always ready to offer advice. But it's very ray to find someone that can listen to to somebody else very intently. And um and this is what we're service trying to introduce and we chinese. We know that it does take some training to do this. It's just not something that comes natural elderly once you understand and once you can learn some of the Some of the techniques in listening skills can be very helpful and really that is the purpose of what we're bringing you here today because we starting off to die with the first of what we hype in several Several weeks of of or dies of presenting to you different aspects of listening for your own meditation so that you can become a listen for yourself. That's another way of seeing meditation and otherwise presenting it to you so that you can actually look at nc insult yourself and listen to yourself very closely very clearly very lovingly very silently very carefully so the intention of these talks is really just to to bring a few topics in fact we. We're bringing the topics that are trying now trying when we when we when may preparing people to listen on on the telephone lawn. We're bringing those those those those topics to you and we bring them to you over the next few towns that we do these these these talks and the topics included things like dealing with grief and loss working with anxiety and depression accepting and understanding. Lgbtq i plus the alphabet soup if you like about human condition now. Our emotional notice building understanding and developing wisdom. About what we're seeing in saw sol's and seeing and the way that we feel about ourselves we can learn how to be an effective listener for herself and also sort of noticing and trying to understand seeing the the conditioning issues and problems and traumas that we haven't allies there in the first place just understanding how the conditioning process works. And how we are the people that we are why we end up being a certain way. What makes me in astrid. And what mike what. Mark nike united states citizens european citizens english person all these these conditions. Things come to us. And i start from a very early age and we'll have a little look at that too but also maybe have a little look at Just the suicide audio ration- and and thoughts of suicide and maybe here we might be able to deal with is we might be able to help ourselves with if we do find ourselves playing around with thoughts like that. Well also i look at external manipulation. That happens just the way that we'll tends to put us into into boxes and sort of forces sometimes to to be the way that we are just that manipulation preps that we done one to do perhaps being forced to do things we don't want to do and to understand how to work with that we'll also look at understanding sexuality and understanding our own personal work in verse the way that the world itself is condition. So we'll look at those sorts of things as well as the very topical thing at the moment will also have a little look at developing congress acceptance of this covid nineteen virus that has come into well laws so dramatically really over the loss little little while and indeed sitting here in the whole of the society of westerns today. Western australia today Where the whole is empty. And we're doing this to largely because we got this opportunity now to to do this because people aren't people out here at the sandra way certainly practicing to bring you as much live of the buddhist teachings as we can today. We're going to be dealing specifically with anxiety when we thought that we'd start off today with anxiety because is something. I think that's very topical at the moment. There is a lot of anxiety around the world with the meimad. Even penick shots. I i certainly in my circle of friends panic. That's really starting to become quite noticeable. We've got a lot of fear and sort of understanding that things ought him just understanding. We're comes from what we can do about. It too is really quat an important thing today with all of these talks. We're going to be doing a god at meditation. That'll look at the. Why these these these issues impact on us and using the meditation so that we can actually notice and see just what we might be able to do to be able to get a distant source spice between what's happening for us in the way that we feel anxious and just getting perspective on that being able to see what that what that perspective is what it is that we can do to get a spice between us and the troublesome condition just understanding what that spaciousness is understanding how to bring that stillness into amazon so that we can cocoon these conditions with this beautiful experience of stillness. That is our size much valued in the life of a buddhist practitioner in a lot of amid a tighter so There's just a couple of things. I'd like to signs a preamble. The guided meditation. That will be doing today with regard to this topic of anxiety and fear and that is really just to preps in the first instance just point to a couple of the buddhist teachings the buddha.
Building Hearts Not Halls | Ajahn Brahmavamso
"While the most important things is any community such as so in your office over how his sometimes we get what we want. Sometimes we don't get what we want. And sometimes i always think well we don't get we what we want. That's even better. Because what is teaching us his the world out of control in other words out of your control because we always want to get our way and sometimes it doesn't work all those people who wanted to have lots of questions this evening. You're gonna get the opportunity and you take. This is unfair. Why did this happen to me. What can we do to make sure it doesn't happen again. And those of you. Who wanted to talk. I think way another good is wonderful. But you're the guys is second group who loses because in the spiritual path on the greatest things to have happened to you his disappointment frustration. Not getting your own way because what that leads to his. You try to get your own way so much in the future. You don't try to control things you actually can let things go more and just flow with things coming back to stories of my life so far one of the wonderful experiences. I had here in serpentine in western australia building. Our monastery was when we decided to plan our meditation hall. All of those of you. Who've been up to serpentine about indiana monastery who see not meditation hole. We're not just where we give taught to meditate we do ordination stuff about designing it. I had a big argument with the other mark there the time who was the abbot then. I was doubled with jessica because he wanted to build it one way. I wanted to build another way. And you know i was right. I don lots of buildings. He and dan any buildings. I knew how buildings were. He didn't and so when he had his disaster. That's a stupid design it. Well what and it's much better to have it another way o be cheaper. Be bigger makola more meditation. So had this big argument for about one week. I'll all the arguments for mar design. He would take him back. And he would refute them for all these arguments for his design. I was being very silly. Actually so was he nevertheless but it just occurred to me just one day this thing. What am i doing this from a monk. Monster never arguments must be another way of dealing with this problem. Just were acting was like and wife having other. Who's going to do it this way. And what do it that way. So one moment of inspiration. Remembering i was a monk and a buddhist. I took a tray of candles incense and flowers to his hats to ask forgiveness. Now i done nothing wrong. Even though i still to this day think my design was much better. That was not the point is going to exploit this from my own personal advantage. I should what i was not on my attention just trying to be inspired so i ask forgiveness no soifer for these few days i remember jack o being quite taken aback. It's amazing thing to do because usually in life people arguing no one gives in brought us out to give in. And i said afterwards he was quite sort of grateful that i was giving in and i said now i want to ask for a favor and of course whenever you people offer five a very suspicious what is it and i said i always said you know we. I want to agree with you to build a whole your way but my favorites this can i be. The builder cannot be the one who organizes oldest and even actually works hard on that building. I wouldn't be the builder of this building. I don't agree on agree. With and of course he agreed. And if you look at the building license of the main hall birdie modest. He's got bribes name on. I was a builder. And i worked so hard on that building but i always did his way on his design and that was a wonderful training for me. Because i said. I'm going to do something i don't like to do. I'm going to do something even which i think could be done better. And why not because a whole important because the spiritual development of a human being is more important who cares about wholes whole can be this way or that way for what's really important people and you'll spiritual development and so glowing a human being who realize you don't control your environment but you can still make something out of it and so two years worked on that building and of course. I'm not a professional builder. And i sometimes what some people saw me too sometimes terrified remember. Just all the scaffold. We have to build up. And of course amounts did all that scaffold were and when he got to the very top of their the brick. Grab a fuse to go up. Because you know is shaking this way and that we might have to coax to go out there. The new could've seen some of the last bricks especially on the big corner the top i laid those bricks myself because no one else would go out there. I know snows- scaffold at the very top. Just had to quote on the edges this war which had no this way or that way the very peak i quote up their carefree with a bucket of cement in one hand and a brick in the author and laying them. My goodness some people who saw me thought that you must have some limitations pals. You didn't fall off because you had nothing to actually to hold onto. But i did that. And of course a few times you did sort of cut yourself and blues yourself and so i know that many traditional sir very proud of the fact that in the spread of buddhism throughout the whole world through many centuries it's never beans spread through the sort or through violence. No blood has ever been shed. They say to make buddhism grow in this world and of course. I say that is wrong. I shed my blood many times on those buildings. Every building in that modest has got my dna on it. Because you know you would hit the your finger with a hammer you cut it on the steel roof sheeting or whatever else so i take so much of that building and when it was finished i thought wow
Bhante Cunda | Calm and Insight | The Armadale Meditation Group
"This is the buddhist lovers of loving kindness. Oh so please join in. This is what to be done by one who is skew in could nurse and who knows the path of peace let him be able and upright straightforward engine to in speech humble and not considered contented and easily satisfied not busy with duties and frugal india. Ways calm and peaceful end wise and schoo- full not proud and demanding in nature latino to the slightest thing that a wise who later reprove wishing in gladness and in safety may all beings b es es whatever living being day be where the day ow weak weak or strong omitting non the gray or the mighty shot medium shot all small the seen and the unseen those living near and far away. Those will be born to me on the new people on may all being spe- happy that none deceive the all these spies any being any state. Non fru angle you. We'll wish upon the even as the marta attack attack her life her child her own child so with a boundless hard should one jerry's all living beings radiating over the entire will spread ting out west to the skies and downwards to death with an unbounded free form hatred. And you will. Where the standing all walking or sitting or lying down free form drowsy. One to sustain this regulation. This is to be the supply abiding by not holding to force fuels. The fuel a hard to one. Having larry of the shin print free from all sense desire as nov born again into this will sadhu saad saad. Okay so I'll give a Induction to basically meditation. but we. Meditation is something that yes the on on me. I think i'm recording. Pixel i can see myself. Can everyone see see me is. I don't want to go out to the office next. Stole a roller slow. Yes the i think so. I think that's on you see. Once the the assisting the recording monka will turn on mic shows on and then he will leave the place. I can always kick him to come in double check if required.
Episode 642, recorded 2021-01-22
"Good morning fifth iowa. And it's friday january twenty second and we have incredibly cold temperatures outside today but it's just gorgeous sunshine. The snow is referral. Hasn't gotten all gray and nasty yet and the sunshine in the clear skies remarkable so. I hope you're having a pleasant day or moving into a relaxing evening. Wherever you are. I was i got sidetracked kind of looking at facebook before i came on today and i couldn't help but notice that some of the people i care about the most a few of them were really allowing themselves to be all upset over politics still and and You know images. They seen the The people who were strong allies of trump Some of their some of the things that they've been caught in photographs doing like going into a church. But i but. I really think let's let's the kind of negative reactions in the. Wow this stuff is still this The negativity that still rising up in such an aggressive kind of way is is disturbing to me. It's let's let it go. And i know most of the people that i'm that i see on facebook aren't doing that but some of the people i really love are having it's a. It's not a witty in it's not Interesting or There few people who are just still so angry. I think it's their anger and It's coming out. It's kind of the coming out in ways that that a not very. They're not constructive in. So i wanted to read one more one one more tiny shorts section from john sumitomo talking a reflections on metha- practice and i've may have read this before but i just felt called to do do it after i saw a few facebook post so i've read the section where people who are Probably a couple of times that if you were how important it is to understand the nature of our minds so that we so that you begin to see the problem of selfish. Few that is going to put a damper on every experience. It's always going to spoil every moment of your life as long as you're diluted in this way you could be with the buddha himself and yet with the selfish view you wouldn't even know it you'd still be wretched if got to mobuto came in here right now and stepped down and you are filled with selfish. Few you'd be citing venerable sir. Why aren't there. Any buddhists around and i felt like that was just the experience i had when i went on facebook from a few from a few We've gotten what we wanted for most of us. This election has turned were hopeful and We're we're talking more about feeling hope and being moved by the the the ideas that that we can move forward as a country and try to begin. Try to begin to work with communicating with others. Who were all of us are not communicating and There's we feel like they're such polarization. We can't move forward so we need to. If we really believe that we're ready to move forward. We need to let go of you know. We need to let go and we're not. Some people are not doing that so so we don't want to be the person that can have buddha walk into the room and and say to him. Why don't we have any buddha's around this place may think it helps so much because we're the it's inside of us that becomes that's that's the buddha or the christ figure everything has to come from within us so if we're still bitter if we're hanging on and if we're still angry about Political decisions and attitudes coming from our top leaders. We we have to change ourselves. We have to let go of our own. We have to let go of our own bitterness in our own anger or we can't move forward at all. So this is the paragraph following. That part that i've read before with people whom we have a lot of resentment or bitterness towards metha- is a way of forgiving. And reminding ourselves to let go of it. It is not dismissing or suppressing but a reflection in forgiving. and letting go of the perception star perceiving these people with meta rather than just being overwhelmed with bitterness and resentment even if you can't feel any real positive thing method needn't be all that magnificent it can be just being patient and not making any kind of problem about it. It doesn't mean you like people who have been really rotten and unfair to you or those whom you can't like yet you can be kind to them. You can forgive. You can do what is fright and generous to them. Even if you don't like them. And i think the just the worst that caught me reading it just now do you can do what is right and generous to them and we know that generosity is one of the most important qualities that we can have develop spiritually. And that's what we need to be working on now is an sending method can help and its generosity. Is that giving of ourselves and so we can give of ourselves in terms of okay now. It's time to let go now. It's time not to hang onto the anger and the fear and the difficulties that you may have felt over the last four years because there's no way to move forward if we choose to stay in a bitter past. Yeah and steve is mentioning. Maybe we need to step away from facebook. i think that's that's very true. And i think i the only reason i stay on facebook as because of these These talks that. I'm doing and i've often thought maybe i should just move to a youtube channel
Lotus Sutra and MLK - Talk 3 - Sacramento Buddhist Group - January 17, 2021
"Pleased to be with you. Thanks for hosting tonight and for your introduction. I i didn't hear a lot of it But i heard at the end referring to my latest books. Thank you for for doing that. And i don't know if you mentioned The book that is coming out in may called. When you greet me i bow. Did you mention that when you when you greet me. I bow Let's see notes and reflections from a life in zen and that and that one is available now for pre ordering. But anyway i'm i'm i'm always interested in the latest book right and it's thirty years of writing essays on all kinds of topics that are still relevant in buddhism so and and notes from the president reflecting what i wrote about years ago and seeing if i still agree with myself and so anyway thank you all for paying attention to my books i. It's not that i'm prolific. It's that i can't seem to shut up. Mostly what it is you start talking. It's hard to stop so a probably some of you were at our retreat yesterday and today the evening. I'm in the sense continuing my discussion. That i began yesterday Of you who weren't at the retreat yesterday. I i think it'll still make sense. And you'll be able to understand the threat of what i'm talking about. And what we were thinking about together was The because it's martin luther king weekend and also because The question of racial justice has been on our minds for quite a while. Now i've been thinking about that in these talks and also about the lotus sutra that i've been studying now all so to orient. Everybody toured loaded sutra. I'll talk a little bit about the lotus sutra. In general and i will continue with my discussion of the seven famous parables of the lowest sutra. I talked about some of them yesterday and talk about the rest of them today. And then i'll read. Martin luther king's speech in case you haven't heard the whole speech. Many phrases from that are very famous. But i don't know how many people have actually sat still here. The whole speech that i thought that would be a good thing to
Right Intention Samma Sankappa (1/7) | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 23 December 2012
"Good evening again. Everyone thank you for coming to watch tonight for talk by adam. Burma vam slow. And most of you are aware that we have a nine day retreat. Here right now. The evening dhamma talks are open to public so the people who are having rate land yet. They are the retreat since the also practicing noble silence so they are friend. They could be a little bit unsociable tonight. So thanks for your understanding that we are very honored to have john brahm here to give a talk and those who want to know him better can read his bio data which is posted on the door outside all the details of where he was born and study became a monk and where he's at today. I gen will give a talk for about one hour. And then we've followed bobby followed by qna questions and answers for about thirteen minutes Retry to finish tonight by about nine thirty because in consideration for the yogis as well as a- jan to take rest so they are continuing with their retreat for the next few days. Yeah some of them may want to continue meditation as well. So without further ado. Let's put out palms together and invite a jim brown to the talk tonight on some assuncapo or right intention very good. So it's good to let me have arrest. Because i'm getting old now. Oh they need to be preserved. You've lost to video max in malaysia. So the ones you've got left these look after the and this evening's talk about roy right now tensions i'm us and gaba and talk about the full power. Then the intention is by the end of these talks when you've learnt and practicing eightfold path. You should all be fully enlightened. 'cause that's what the buddhist said. Anybody who practices for path will be enlightened. So if by the end of this retreat. You're not enlightened. You can ask for your money back. You won't get your money back but you always allowed to ask for. That's why these talk sometimes not to raise more money. We say no. We can't actually charge to come in for talk that that's wrong. That's not according to the dahmer. So what we are thinking of doing is you. Don't charge to come in but to get you have to pay. Because he's sneaky the talk about this is why intention is one of those parts of the fall path which is not talked about enough which is not explained and so it becomes the unknown factor of the eight fall oz variety intention and as you should know the intention is the most important part of anything his won't you intend that way your mind and your body follows so if you know what light intention is skill for the intention and you get that right everything else follows accordingly and i use this especially in meditation which i'll come out to let on this talk saying if you understand what rights intention is. Then the whole of meditation becomes very clear what you're supposed to do and why people sometimes make mistakes and earning joy the bliss of meditation. But let's go to the beginning intention. There are three right intentions. The intention of renunciation letting go giving up the intention of kindness of love of compassion and lastly the intention of gentleness nonviolence in party it's nee comer renunciation letting go iwa poddar otherwise known as matter loving kindness lastly i hangs on which mahatma gandhi made very famous the path of non violence. So what do we mean by each one of these first of all the path of letting go and we all know that such an important part of meditation to let go so in my monastery in perth. We do not have donation boxes. We don't have donation boxes instead. We have letting go boxes way can let go because you know this is. Science is a scientist before one of the wonderful things about buddhism. It is confirmed by science. Modern science tells you exactly what made a taste and this and how it makes All sorts of things happen like the latest research showed motto. Conrad the end of those when they start fraying. That's code old age. I wear new actually meditate. They actually preserved mushonga so any amid tight. You don't get oh i. Sometimes people think i'm only sixty. You won't believe if i tell you one hundred ten which you're believe that because it's wrong anyway all of you ladies especially it means you don't have to co two makeovers. You don't have to have power talks. You don't have no these up lifts to parts of your body you meditate when you met at say you know those things can actually be levitated. Also joke about the old lady. There was an old lady. She's maybe seventies. She just lost her husband and she was so depressed without to. She decided she didn't want to live so she wanted to commit suicide so she got her husband's old gun now. He had a gun and she wanted to shoot herself in the hot. That's instant death. But she didn't really know where the heart was so she called. Wonderful fence was a doctor. Said where is the heart and she just below your pressed so she shot herself
Everyday Mind - Mumonkan Case 19 - Upaya January 2020
"Probably like you. Were watching the inauguration. Today you some of you. Yeah it was. It was good. It was inspiring. I was very happy about it to hear the great performers and the wonderful poet. Big relief for me anyway. I don't know how you feel about it but for me. It's a big relief. It's odd this phenomenon of you. Know a national mood or a national spirit. How could there be such a thing. I mean there isn't any such thing there's just. However many hundreds of millions of people there are within these artificial borders and the sum total of their thoughts and words and deeds too complex to summarize in any way and yet at the same time you know there is a shared feeling some kind of a national mood so this morning we had a gigantic moves swing right. Wow big mood swings upward. I think a mood swing for the better and of course. Nobody knows what will happen. Exactly how could anybody know what will happen. Nobody ever knows what happens next. But we've had a mood swing and that's great in my opinion and also before the mood swing it during the mood. Swing and subsequent to the mood swing. We have had faith and confidence in our practice. Anyway to see us through whatever would happen so that's still true also preliminary to talking about this wonderful story of the woman guan. I would like to dedicate mytalk this afternoon. Or i guess almost evening where you are. I guess it is evening. I guess we're in different places all over the world here in california. It is late afternoon just about evening. I would like to dedicate my talk to my teacher. Hukou sojourn diaz show great priest white dragon essential purity melt weizman. Mostly known as sojourn rossi. Who left this world on january. The seventh and there are many many traditional rituals that a disciple does for teacher. And kathy. And i have been doing these rituals. And they've been a great comfort to us to think about them and prepare for them and carry them out. Mel was a dear friend and teacher to us for fifty years and we will always be grateful to him for his on dying teaching and support. It is a little bit hard to adjust the fact to the fact that we won't be able to see him on cathy's birthday as we always did. Cathy and his wife lives have almost the same birthday so we always got together in and other times we won't be able to see him then and it's hard to remember that he is actually gone in a way but in another way not going so
Episode 641, recorded 2021-01-21
"Ends this chapter on the comment. This forgiveness is the result of really looking at one's life and seeing what we need to do how to sets how to set things right then. Rather than having anxiety guilt and remorse and her heart there's a fullness and peacefulness so These words are really important for us to listen to and we we can wish and wish and wish that others would hear the same words and have a change of heart. But i think now all we have to do is keep examining our own hearts and not not an and be the peacemakers we need to be the peacemakers in the world and That's that's a big task for us because now we see how polarized and how how torn torn apart our own countries. We realized how difficult it is to be a peacemaker. And that's what we have to look forward to now. So don't don't be. Don't be part of the problem now. Let's be part of the solution. And we just begin by clearing out the deadwood in our own hearts right. So why don't we sit. We have a few minutes. But i think that theme of meta is much deeper than we often. We often just think of it. I don't think we take to practice as seriously as we should and I know several years ago when i was living. At the mahatma japanese california there was a non who is there because she was one into heaven be ordained and her teacher was i sean. Sugianto the suta central creator and australia and a. She's i was very interested in method then and she and i were talking. She's also iowa and lives in brussels now but a chance to show had done a ten day retreat on meta and Sheikha got a copy of it for me. And he's a mean they sent. They sent it to me. So i have it in my computer and i when i first when she first said it was a ten day met a retraite. I mean i. I was very interested in meta but i couldn't imagine how you can do. Ten days of a residential retreat on meta practice. I thought well couldn't you just with that one in one day so That's that's when you're seriously working with meta. We have to recognize how serious and how profound practice it is. So let's work with it so certain feel relaxed and feel if you have a sunny beautiful day with or without snow. That probably is lifting. Your spirits might be evening in your Getting getting ready to go to bed. So you're relaxing at the end of the day. But just let yourself be
Wednesday Night Guided Meditation | Dennis Sheppard | 20 January 2021
"Good evening everybody. Just ahead the signal from stephen the a laws and welcome along to the domino casinos to not for this inaugural meditation and really what i want to do to introduce l. k. group who who are already up in the house number thirty seven nielsen's just behind the center here but to it's going to be actually caught spatial because and it's really turned that much more much differently much more different than what i was expecting anyway because we did have a an unfortunate happening. Las not very very esteemed members of the buddhist assad. He's been quite a wall. Actually died last night at four fifteen. He's nine months. Use socks on any of you know. I can see now as it was for me to. He was quite a shock to he. Even though we knew he was ill we knew that he was had been aisling. He's been real for quite a while but nonetheless he was still a very vibrant man and we were we remember him very fondly here the society in fact. I'm just just to continue on with tonight's events anyway because we cross. This is the first time we've done this. So isn't he married. Stephen operations manager up in the control box up there. I hope he's able to sort of manage all this thirty tonight. We're going to extend the not just a little bit more because thirty. We're going to cost too. But yana on the street and the monks who are meeting the it's not young. Change for hugh some lovely theme lovely thing to think about a lovely thing to do Just say how that guys anyway. So let me just tell you a little bit more about here from start anyway. Just because he was a he was a very esteemed morass. Assad he he was the community. Coordinate if amid means he looked after a lot of k a saw of the buddhist society in dame tonight we're celebrating the k. group. I'm going to tell you a little bit more about that in a moment to and just the people that are now on the fines. Ready to take your call. Should you wish to ring. Hugh route across many many years helping here. At the buddhist society was prison visits and visits. The schools used to accept a lot of schools here into the domino scenes and be teaching them teaching the students. He was a main well. I remember him as a very gentle man. I'm sure that you will do too. He was a toll very slender beautifully. James person. I remember when he first got ill and sitting with him in hospital and just he was unconscious at the time. But i've been just looking at these beautiful hanes and he's fingers to squad exquisitely chantel and you could just see the general in demeanor even when he was unconscious just said if you talk to ask the question there was just the just sort of janesville not that it was necessarily obviously conscious response but not necessarily a well considered response. He knew that somebody was there and it was all is very very gentle interaction that he guide on those now he will head. You're on tyke on him from suddenly from nine point of view and just seeing many as society he. It's been just a wonderful thing that's has been. I've been here and it was quite sad thing for him to dive and in many ways to i think it was probably talk for him to leave us. Why not not you know. It's probably very pompous aside. Something like that but by the same nah token he he he. He was caught ely. He had a little turn not long ago and the stroke that he'd had returned a little bit. Sorry he was unable to speak for the last few days. That's probably a blessing in hugh well and they were remember begin with the monks come online and arrival to offer the changing for him so i wanted to just so it's just let you now a little bit about to not just what we sorry. I'll hit very good thank you. This is chad tie want to stay. Minutiae switching on the candles for us. So we don't light candles anymore. Withings switched on. Look pretty real. Well i think one of the big purposes of of doing to not release to to run. These talks in tandem with l. k. Grabble to society k group. We have now. Many people might be sixty or name is and listening skills to be able to sit on the fine and just Tight kohl's from anybody who might wanna ring with any kind of subjects at all. I wanna talk about but these people have trained and audible very very good listeners. Also got their personal practice of meditation. Which is also. I think about us for this kind of thing and i just really wanted. You wanted to you all to know that the there is fine lines outside. If you're listening on the livestream you can endure interested to ring and talk to. Someone is fine lines open right now. You can three. I should really have the telephone number up. Maybe stephen mop bring it up for relied on so that i can can just tell you what it is. I just don remembered right off. Hand on out on our web sought So very good for you to just tonight that those people are there right now and what i'm going to try and do with the with talks is really the the talks. That guy with these stations on wednesday nights is really to speak about being able to listen to ourselves. Because i mean this is a very very wonderful thing that we do is based people just to be able to self reflect to go inside cells to become still and to actually begin tonight just
Guided Meditation | Ajahn Santutthi | 16 January 2021
"And didn't have much to do so. I got an opportunity to rest to get ready for this this session today. And so Yeah understand everybody's come here for the just a meditation class advanced meditation. So i assume or you. People here have been meditating a long time and i do see a lot of familiar faces. So what does that mean. Only that i have to say anything because you all know how to meditate by now anyways. I'll say something and so so yeah we come here to to basically our is sort of like just bringing back memories of of when i was living. What would adama when arjun kamer hetty. Great meditations he would nehisi loves them. He has them all the time and and is just not see like a group of people just coming together and he doesn't give a talk in might just do a little bit of chanting it like for an hour or so and just sharing an experience of meditation together and he would say that that even a word has been spoken there has been some sort of connection made with the people in the room so in a sense we just sitting down and we just sharing this experience of peace with one another. There's no need to talk does no need to interact but at the same time actually getting to know one another in some in some way and i think that's all this all we here for is just to be able to to just find that place where the place in our minds with peace can arise. There's always like when we talk about the practice. Is these these things that that block are mind from seeing the potential piece that we have in it. The buddha talked about five inches and five agencies. I think it's greed have your will you have doubt restlessness and you have something else i can't really remember remember. Basically these are the things that block the mind and they come from a mine which is thinking about something so you could be thinking about work and you could consider that a hindrance to meditation because his blocking is blocking the mind from seeing the pieces stillness stillness. Which is in there. Or you may have a little. Bit of ill-will ill will towards somebody in your life or even. Ill will towards the process of meditation because it is true. Sometimes we don't think we're getting anywhere in practice. It's it feels that we actually failing or we're trying to do and when it comes to that point we we can kind of develop a nieto will towards it so instead of gravitating towards a practice we from it and the other one is you know restlessness the mind that doesn't stop thinking it can think of anything thinking about the weather you can think about problems that may not occur in the future. It can plan for the future. You know what you're going to do tamar as this mind. That just keeps on ticking over and it's actually like a you're putting up a cloud in front of the peace of mind the you inherently have and then you go on and the other one's lot slot and topa the hinge. That can come from many things. You could come from a body which isn't a healthy or something. You might have some sort of sickness and when you sit and meditate. The mind just goes to sleep. And i don't know may mean something you may mean that the money's bit arrest and the body needs a bitter wrestle. It can heal heal itself or the other 'cause of like slotting torpid his his The mind thinking too much as well is sorta innocence thinking thinking to the point where your mind gets really really tired and the opposite happens when you start to develop a mind which is a little bit more pride a little bit more peaceful when clarity and brightness arises in the mind you can see that there's a. There's a lack of thinking happening in it so the more broader your mind becomes. The thinking is happening. You have your mind's a little bit dow or a confused or doesn't really know where it is. When is meditating. dane can say to yourself. Yeah maybe my mind is thinking a little bit too much and the other one is is doubt the other one is the this this. Also that that's like down in terms of in terms of china achieve. Something in your practice. I we come here. And we hear about the deeper state of meditation. The the you know the jonah's or the peace and and because we don't know what it is and because we haven't actually experienced ourselves then we start to doubt our ability to be able to experience such things and self doubt saying that you know maybe we can't do it and maybe start doubting the teachings as well as there's always a kind of a funny idea where where sometimes as monks we can start doubting the teachings is like. Oh you know what the saying. Is it true or is it just something made up and we just following blindly and you know the reason why we can't really trusted is because we haven't seen it for ourselves so the whole idea of meditation is to to actually build a little bit of confidence in the buddhist teachings or own the things that the monk say here and the way to do it is always always say that is just to experience that little bit of peace. I saw you need just a fraction of peace. Slow when you're sitting here for the next forty five minutes a lot of you may have a mind which may be all over the place but the truth is the mike cannot be thinking all the time. The mind will eventually pause to have a break. But the thing is i think. A mindfulness isn't strong enough to actually recognize what we what we are seeing and we missing out on those opportunities that actually teach us that our minds can be peaceful. So that's why the beginning we always talk about the present moment awareness. I just being in the moment because that allows us to build up the energies of the mind. And it's just not doing it when you're sitting down but is doing in everyday life you know when you wake up in the morning how mindful you know when you're brushing your teeth. Are you brushing your teeth and thinking about something else or you just in the moment brushing your teeth and not allowing your
Episode 640, recorded 2021-01-19
"That's why met a practice has been so important. We are not only able to shift the focus from what's happening to me. But we can focus on her loved ones and very often that group becomes bigger and bigger. I find and then we can focus out to people and with their loved ones that it may not be someone that we're always happy with in may be It might be a relative. We don't have much contact to but we begin to see as we practice met to every day that That we're sending method to those people we love regardless of the current state of the relationship. Whatever difficulties we've had with them or just a lack of exchange between us know communication becomes distant. Because they're far away. Our lives are very different. meta practice is a good way to reconnect and and really be able to to think about those relationships. And how dear they have been to us in our lives and then as we move out were moving out further and further away from. What's the closest to us. We're were able to contemplate our relationship with all all creatures all animals and they love what he says about that too from those closest to us in the ones that actually are part of our group of loved ones out to all of the animals in the ones that are giving service to us or giving their lives for us and how that actually is a way for us to set up a future where a lot of those animals are not being badly treated or there are not so many that need to be oh rounded up to feed us and provide us with things that we may not even need. So we're we're building a base. We're building a base. Not only for ourselves but to all of those beings and all for the world to change so i think we can see how important meta practice is and if you can't do anything else during the day that's the practice i recommend that we all do because you can do it anywhere anytime so that can be a good way if you can just let your mind focus and there's an endless. There's an endless way we can send to out a mean. It's an endless quality it has no bounds. And so there's always it will. There's always room to grow with their meta para practice no matter how much our mind is expanding the meta practice as well as other practices to can can grow we can grow with them because it's a boundless endless quality to learn to work with and send out so we just have Not too many minutes. So why don't we sit in practice meta. And then when i have to finish you can just keep going with it if you have time so if you can close your eyes and just allow your body to relax.
Building Wholesome Mind States | Ajahn Santutthi | 15 January 2021
"Talk for tonight clue what i'm going to talk about but i just make it up as i go along. So yeah so we're so say next to me in his i could say is a good friend of mine. And he's been held for the last three months to we're finishing up with the the the renovation stocker road so so we. Diy everything else so when you go there. Don't complain about the bed. Workmanship is not that bad. It's pretty good actually. So yeah he's been helping me out and is kind of interesting just to because they're every day i don't really ask the amount of work that goes into it. I just see what i see now so this morning. We're just going through the old photos and just flicking through them on the computer and just seeing how much work we've done. Since the beginning at the beginning was just a brick a brick shed so you can imagine how much work to go into it to bring it up to like ustralian code but people to live in so just single brick war and a steel roof on top and just going through the photos and amount of work that we had to do like putting in the installation and the plaster board and painting it and doing the tiling nor that kind of stuff is being taken quite a bit of time. I think we started. We started in april last year. So now it's january. January was what six eight six seven months or something like that. And we just being there working working a lotta hours and so. There's only been three things that i've been doing. I think over the past six months. I mean living goes news working at stocker road and go into buntings. So you're in armidale manning buntings. It's kind of interesting because we're trying to give a talk and trying to teach people. Just give him a bit of clarity on how the process works and you can sort of compare to having project and studying from the beginning and you always start you always have to start somewhere and at the end of the day you you finish it and then you can move in but what i've notice is with building. Something is not. it's not getting the plaster board darnall getting the tiling don nor the kitchen put in is just every job is like a little job that you do like like when you're tiling you're mixing the motor say does a job mixed mortar or when you cutting a mida cutting a minor on tile so you just cutting that mitre like on forty five degree angle so you can fit it in nicely does just one little job or you just hit the nail ball cutting a hole in the brick wall. They just little things that you do to get to a point. Path of buddhism or spirituality or china. Get yourself from point a to point b. In terms of like human human development creating wholesome states of mind is just starts off the little things you do every day like when you wake up you know how he thinking. What are you doing in the afternoon or evening. Whatever it may be. I mean Just wherever instructions. You may like listening to whether it's this monk or that monkey world will whatever you just put it into play every day and may not seem like anything is like you know. What's the big deal of mixing mortar for the for the tiles or shooting. A nail gun into the into the timber. Just one little thing but then at the end of the day when you look back you could see that you've made something and in the same way you know with the spiritual past. Yeah just one just one act of kindness or a kind words said to somebody. Sometimes you may think is not gonna have a huge impact on your life. You may think. Oh maybe it's not worthwhile but if you do it over a period of time and you know when you step back and look you can actually see. Hey you actually changing your life for the better change you love bidder which is a good thing right and and this is really just these little things like i remember. The mother theresa like I can imagine. I have read up much about it but you can sort of think about what she was doing in in india just helping at all these people who are in need and that was a mission to just give us give herself to to the people that that needed. The most people who are sick didn't have clothes to wear and she was just nursing them into like back to good health and after a while she got this reputation of of of just doing things like great things being like this amazing woman right. It's like oh but she's just a human being just like us. She had to start from somewhere and she said like you don't do great things in life but you do small things like with great amounts of love the like something as simple as like you know what i mean. What you slot what you're doing on a day-to-day basis will eventually get you to the place where you want to be. And it goes the same with the the meditation practice. You know how we set here for half an hour and you're probably thinking isn't working. Monks a phony. Send them back to goes. News is always tough at the beginning. Right because i think at the beginning is you can't really see through the clouds which are in your mind. They like blocking the potential of whatever pieces stillness to arise and sometimes people don't even try and some people just just give up and and you know from my own experience. When i first started to meditate. I had approached the same problem as you guys was working in a kitchen slaving away cooking steaks and eating them as well and not showing them with anybody and and then that was really into buddhism Whenever you come across something new something special you want to give it one hundred percent so so overdo it split shift ago and in the morning work and then have the afternoon off. I think it was three to five so would walk home. And i had a couch in my room and i would just sit mid sit and meditate because i was into a wanted to improve myself in things like that and i always found it really really difficult to do it. But i possess persisted and was patient and got to the where started to realize that you're sitting down peacefully or quietly in major doffed into sleet. And you may stay away but the mine is foggy. It's tired just thinking about stuff. But then after the the whole experience when i got up i just felt a little bit better even though i didn't understand what peace was even though i couldn't even watch my breath but for some reason just just being able to sit down and just and just just being there had some sort of effect on the mind in the body and because of that i just wanted to go back and just do it some more
Sila Series - An Overview (1/5) | Bhante Bodhidhaja | 5 July 2020
"After paying homage to the buddha dharma and sangha with our chanting to and dhamma talk for this morning. I was hoping to talk about sealer in the next couple of talks. So we kind of. We'll see how that goes. I thought it would be nice to talk about all the different aspects of see like the five precepts that we keep as a basic requirement is buddhist and to hopefully go really into depth a with each individual precept. But when i was looking at this and starting to think about it. I realized that today i might maybe just be able to do an introduction into seila is because it's yeah it's quite important. It's quite a big topic. So sealer very often is translated as virtue or as ethics or as morality. What i really like to call it. I've also heard as a translation is the word habit and the word habits ordered conditioning. They are actually very very close to each other. In the way i think about it. And of course when you talk about sealer we are developing the wholesome habits the wholesome conditioning and then sometimes it's also referred to as character. What how a person behaves. What a person eats but of course we don't want to get too attached to his self because that's something we don't really have been his them. We talk about selflessness so it is a habit or a conditioning. That has happened over time. And that kind of conciliate consolidates were into something. We could col- colloquially character so see means how we think and how we behave in this world but it also means how we feel inside. And i would like to stress that part of it because i feel that is really really important experience. I remember jumper. Molly often really comes down to feeling how we're feeling inside. What the feeling is that. We are spreading into this world. What the feeling is of the people that they get when they are in our presence or in the presence of whoever of animals evolved beings as well and of course also people who have heard me talk. I'd like to talk about habit. But also like to talk about inclination where the mind inclines towards and badly something we can kind of mold stumping. We can condition with. Am this beautiful quality of seila and in the sutras. There is one really nice ceuta that talks about the tree which is leaning in one direction. And because it's leaning in that direction when it actually will be falling it will also falling in that direction in that specific soutar talks about the monastic or the practitioner. Who is leaning towards a practicing the full path and therefore leaning towards navonna. But and this time. I would like it to stress in terms of the mind states that we are creating and that will be there for us in the future. Not just in this life but also in future lives to come. So that's a kind of a little introduction of what might be what definition of salem ip. And because i like to look at it in terms of a habit. I would like to talk a little bit about how we can develop habit.
Happy Buddhamas | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 18 December 2009
"So as usual go to request to give a talk this evening. An email from canada i said. Can you please give a talk about exciting. Isn't it finding over the toast going to be about putin humous because firm that time i used to stay in thailand thirty five years ago when it came to this time of year. It'd be a western marks and monks will grow up in europe. united states. Australia had that tradition of twenty fifth of december christmas time and so we are searching. Should we do anything for that day. So for what day say christmas. And what do you mean christmas. What christmas so. I explained to him. They wanted to get some idea. He said it's a time for peace and goodwill of kindness and generosity said peace goodwill coniston generosity. Said that jansher. I'm into that. Yeah that celebrates it. So i gave his permission and he would always quote buddha misday so from that. I won't read issues. The kota put of a state and it's fascinating. Why not another. Sometimes some religions could be so dogmatic and nara. One of the things. I always liked to output is a spiritual party can be just embracing it can be. Just why and. I told us prime last week for this poem is going to appear in the enlightened times when it comes out i think what is it to end the month beginning of january. Yeah somebody sent me this poem which says stay drew a circle which shot me out heretic revenue someone to flout but love and i had to wait to win. We drew a circle. The drew a circle which kept them in in other words. When you have like dogmatism utah circle and everyone else is outside of that. Only your friends your religion. The people you admire the pup- you agree with their inside but sort of the job of a spiritual person is to draw a wider circle a wide circle which can include more people so as buddhist. You know this is what we're supposed to do. What loving kindnesses is wider and wider and wider circles. So it can include all the people notice a paper you like. Sometimes people talk matic and means we can only people this now. That's just too wide only tyrod. But it's now not safe into white only televised of buddhism from thailand. Now that's too wide. Only taito vodka put his disciples of char not. That's too wide. only tighter. Varda put his disciples jansher who don't ordained kunis now. That's oops now we do that. That's not the job. Is to restrict. The jobless spirituality is actually to widen widen widen widen things so we just wide enough circle. Not try and keep you put out because that type of narrow mindedness that's not the spirit of the season. I remember even just used to for the early years. When i was i would try my hardest to try
Faxiang's Recognition: The Paramita of Generosity - Mary Ann Sachsteder
"And the tenderness and care you speak up. I think germane to the topic. I have tonight which is I have a co one of but it's it's on the Par meet of generosity. This go on. I believe but before i go into it. I would like to suggest that if you don't already have Maybe some paper pencil or pen near you. Why don't you take a second and get get it if you want. Paper a low pan because as we explore this cohen together. Maybe some images will come up. Maybe something will rise a word of phrase body feeling an image. They a memory that you might want to write down and And remember for not necessarily share with anybody else though you may share it but for your own self so that that's wonderful so if you have that you wish it no requirement for that so. My talk is a cohen from the hidden lap. And many of you know about the hints hidden lamp it's stories from twenty. Five centuries of awakened women edited by florence capital and susan. Moon our own sue moon. And i think there's like one hundred cohen's by women of women from ancient times up to the present in each cohen has also a reflection written by different female dharma teacher and i just really wanted to hear a woman's voice not the male voices. That's good book. We hear so many of them. I just had a longing for a woman's voice. So i went to the hidden laugh now. I have to confess. I'm not very good. With cohen's they've never come to me easily so often. When i've read cohen's in the hidden lamp read the cohen. And then i'll jump right to the to the commentary go. Oh okay. that's what it's about. So i didn't do that this time. I decided no. I wanna encounter the co on itself and see what i can make of it without going to the commentary. So i didn't go to the commentary until really i'd had a whole lot of thoughts about this Co on most. At the way i approached it is way. I hope that will approach it. Kinda like You're looking at a story in a dream. You know where each you know when you dream. Each part of the dream is a part of yourself. Each character you know is some aspect of yourself. And so there's an interplay between inner and outer and so that's the way i approach this co on is to think about how each character in it and what they evoke in. May what how i feel them in my body how i experience them perhaps in my life and if there's some qualities of one of them that i might want to encourage and if maybe another of the characters needs a little extra kindness both inner and outer and how working with these inwardly my outer life and actions so with that I had to say one other thing to start thinking about generosity for me is very timely. It's the parramatta of city And it's timely because we're in a period of so much polarization so much solidity and separation where you're over there on here. I think this is were not seeing or move each other so however we find generosity in our lives is maybe a way into breaking down that separation and maybe bringing even in small ways healing into our lives and into our world will so this call on. It's on if you happen to have the book it's on page two ninety six and it's cold Zhang's recognition it's from china the fifth century and. I thought that i would read you. The co on twice through. It's not super long was a little long arena twice so that you can just take it in and kind of have a feel for it in your mind and your body so heritage. The non zhang often shared her clothing and food giving the best to non. We suit admonished. Fazhang saying the none. We sue is uncomfortable acted and inarticulate when she wanted to study meditation. No one would give her instruction because she is the worst of idiots. Why don't you sow the seeds of generosity in a more spiritually worthy field. Shang responded one would have to be sane to know the spiritual accomplishments of the recipients of donations. I'm very very person. So i'd rather do it this way later. We so sponsored a seven day. Meditation retreat with the community on the third night. When the others arose from meditation. She did not get up remaining in