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How Meditation Can Be A Welcoming Heartspace
"Let's take a few moments to find. Whatever posture serves you. Whatever way of sitting standing lying being allows you to feel a sense of presence and ease also feel a sense of safety. Do you feel grounded. Feeling perhaps yourself the gravity and the sense of being on this earth rooted belonging kind of like a mountain sitting with strength and balance also federal. A station. snus around you that. There's there's room in this world for whatever arises. One of my favorite translations of mindfulness is from the chinese that it means present tart sweet feel our intention to bring that presence at heart presence to whatever arises began in a simple way. Breathing together might very consciously extend the in rest now to account of five so breathing in inhaling filling the chest in the lungs and a slow out breath to the counter. Five letting go letting go breathing in nice deep in breath a slow out breath so you can feel. The sensations of the xl as the breath leaves the nostrils again inhaling deeply filling the chest lungs and then as you exhale feel a sense of letting go letting go letting go and then as the breath comes back into its natural rhythm just notice the quality of presence such here the sense of being right here right now that we can touch into even with just a little bit of focused attention we can deepen that presence as bring that gentle attention to the body that heart presents to the body you might begin to softening the is leading the brow be smooth receptive to the sensations that wake up as you relax in the region of the brow perhaps the flickering of light dr at the lids you might bring a slight smile to the mouth which sends a message to the whole nervous system to relax to let go fight flight freeze so it's possible to feel more of a sense of that. Benevolence towards whatever's arising. The job unhinged perhaps the tongue filling the lower palate maybe relaxing down to the root of the tone then opening a receptive way to the sensations in the mouth. Just noticing as you relax that you can be more intimate with sensations. Allow the shoulders to drop away from the neck. Let the awareness fill the shoulders see can feel from the inside out including whatever tension or tightness. Is there with a gentle presence. A soft attention. Notice if there's any natural letting go releasing relaxing the hands are asked in a very easy and effortless way you might explore softening the hands softening again.
CIA Analyst Turned Reiki Energy Healer With Jessica Brodkin
"Well can to another podcast episode of macabre charge russia's two day we learn a little bit about reiki energy healing as modality for wellness and to connect to source hands on energy healing is an ancient healing modality. Gone as far back to end. Yeshua ben yosef was taught how to do it by his teachers in his childhood buddhist monastery. It was rediscovered in the twentieth century by japanese buddhist monk dr macau you sui whom taught it to the world today i bring former. Cia analysts jessica. Brought ken who made a career change into being a successful reiki energy healing practitioner. and with that jessica. welcome to merkava chaka's inky for having me. Oh you look real. Yes you'll live babar's you have fabulous marian hair there. We'll talk about that a little bit later so before we discuss your work and it's fascinating by the way. Can you tell us your story for how you got into this. In the first place you started off in cia. I did yes. I started off I started working there. When i was twenty two so right out of college and then i when i was twenty six. I had debilitating migraines where i would have And would have debilitating migraines and sort of pseudo seizures regularly. And i was not able to work and i passed out in front of a friend and He waved his hands over me. And i woke up and my pain was gone and i was like what are you doing. And he's like. I'm doing reiki and i'm like i have no idea what that is not see work with you at the in the cia. Okay just a friend from From high school from growing up and And i went back to this was in new york and went back to washington dc. Where i was living. I found a practitioner. And i started going to healings all the time and And that's how that's how. I became a recipient and then around nine years ago around the age of thirty. I i kind of had a breakdown again and my sister had chronic illness and she motivated me to to heal her. I sent i I sent she lived in my house. She lives in miami. So she's in miami and i I sent my healer to distance on her. And it didn't work. And i was like let me try and then i was able to do it over the phone and I found out that i was able to help her nice. And then it got all the training in the certifications but But really. When i learned i really was just And then later years later found that this that my relatives have been doing this for generations. And i had no idea what are you. Let's unpack some of this. So your sister had what was the ailment that she was having ulcerative colitis. Okay what is that again. it's It's a the colon that has shared a lot of pain so i felt motivated by her. Now she and then i just started practicing my friends who were interested. And where did you learn when i initially learned. I initially channelled which. I don't tell a lot of people that but i initially channelled and then i went. And how did you learn to channel is just come naturally. Okay so I had a mental breakdown. When i was thirty years old and i started seeing spirits in the woods where it was living and i thought it was schizophrenic and i went to the doctor and i said am i schizophrenic. And she said no She's like you're having a spiritual awakening. This is what my psychiatrist told
The Superpower of Mindful Witnessing
"Welcome friends and thank you for tuning in. I'd like to start this talk with a story. There's a magician who was traveling through the region. He was going from town squared town square and he'd astonished people with his magic. He had this capacity to be able to point to things with finger shovel book hat and it returned a goal. So the final show of the day. Everyone's applauding completely wild by his powers. Except one boy. And this boy been carrying a stick. He'd been playing but he stopped and he'd been fully attentive through the whole show but never clapped and in the end everyone went home except this boy and the magician pointed to the stick and took gold then. The boy had no reaction. You didn't say anything. So the magician pointed to his shoelaces his bell. Turn them to gold again. The boy is just kind of noticing and then he asks what's wrong. You're the the richest in town. Why aren't you happy. What is it you want and the boy said. What i want is the magic. So what does that mean to have the magic finger you know. We think we want the prize. You know the money. The made the accomplishment the security of even the feeling of pleasure happiness we fixate on the prize and we lose sight of the source of all that we cherish which is presence the open hearted presence. That's possible right here and now so the gateway to that presence is the magic finger. The gateway is our capacity to mindfully witness. What's going on right here in this moment in on the bottom of my computer i have sticky note. I'm still very non digital certain ways and all that's on it is pause the word pause but every time. I remember to really stop really pause. I'm able to witness what's going on. You know maybe it's speediness or anxiety or in some way not in my body. But i can witness and and then breath for a few moments and inhabit a larger presence. And then i just re engaged with whatever i'm doing more clear more embodied more more wholehearted so i bring that up because witnessing this ability to really observe and sense what's happening with a non judging awareness of the kind awareness this witnessing is our gateway so we'll pause together right here the beginning and just look at awakening the witness and you might wherever you are just closure is for a moment and let your attention go inward and the two questions that help to activate the witness. The first is what's happening inside me right now. What's going on in your body. Whatever sensations or feelings there traces of thoughts. The first question is what's happening inside me in the second. Can i let this be. Non judging. kind presence azure attending noticing leading. They now sense the experience of knowing. You're aware
The Freedom To Be You
"Now. The topic i wanted to discuss in this podcast. Episode is the topic regarding the freedom to be you and this actually comes from the last four to five weeks in the podcast community. We've been talking about this weekly. And it all started with a discussion around the concept of branding so when i graduated from college i my first job. I interned at a company doing marketing. And then what am i first. Jobs was at an advertising agency. And i learned a lot while working at the advertising agency regarding marketing regarding branding and this specific agency that i worked for was known for coming up with the brand of what happens. Here stays here for the city of las vegas. That was one of our a. Customers at the advertising agency was the city of las vegas or the the It's actually the city. But they're they're ministry of tourism. Or whatever the acronyms for the entity responsible for getting people to visit las vegas so they had the agency had come up with this branding campaign. That what happens here stays here and I'm sure many of you have heard about this. It's it's a very popular Brand for the for las vegas. So branding is a very important aspect of marketing. But it's not necessarily the same thing as marketing. Marketing is what you want your customers to do for example in advertisement that convinces them to call your phone number to hire you for Air conditioning repair or whatever. It is but branding is something a little bit. Different brandon is everything that you do to evoke a certain feeling from your customer. So that when they think about your company they have a certain feeling and many large brands focus heavily on being consistent with their branding. Apple has a certain. Feel a bmw. Audi ford radio. Any major brand has a brandt. has what's called branding. And all of their marketing revolves around the brandon and it starts with something as simple as their mission statement so think of brandon as what a company wants you to feel about them and marketing is more what a company wants you to do and because i spent so much time at an advertising agency and learning the ins and outs of marketing. And the ins and outs of branding I started to think more recently about how we as individuals actually do the same thing. We have the story that we have about ourselves and then everything that we do when we interact with others revolves around maintaining the brand that we want them to associate with us and as silly as that sounds. I think it's very real right. You may have a story about you. Which is i am an intellectual person and look at me. How i read so when i post a picture on social media of hey check out this book that i'm reading and that's all part of my subconscious branding effort to make sure that you know that i am a person who reads therefore i'm a person who intellectual or things or things like that The clothing that we wear the way that we do our hair the Type of vehicles that we drive the sports and hobbies that we participate in. All of these things are involved with our personal brand. And i think it's important to understand this not because we're necessarily trying to eliminate our stories or to eliminate are brandon but our effort is to understand ourselves. Why does this you know when someone does or says something. Why does it affect me this way. Oh because it's inconsistent with the branding. That i have about myself that i want them to perceive about me. Now i've encountered this firsthand in my own practice with When i was going through my transition faith and i had this story about myself. Which is that. I am a good person. I do good things. I i'm not the type of person who's Going to intentionally do wrong Or i guess in its broadest sense. I'm not a bad guy. I'm not a bad person and i. I liked to be known as someone who's nice and friendly and who does the right thing. That was part of my personal brand. Or i guess is part of my personal brand
Namaste: Seeing the Truth of Who We Are (2021-02-24)
"You. That are listening regularly. We always start with this gesture and word of nama stay and you might be aware that the word stay is a way of greeting or bowing or honoring the divine that lived through all of us and the gesture of the palms togetherness slate bowing of the head is part of the embodying that that honoring and i love that. I do a lot of bowing and my own practice because in the moments of going like this. There's a tenderness and care that wakes up through it for the life that's really living through all of us and i often contrasted in my mind too because in asia people go around all the time nama stay on and then in the west we shake hands and the origin fifth century. She is my hands empty. I'm not carrying a weapon. Not carrying a gun which is a great step as we know. I'm safe which is beautiful. I sometimes think that. Because we're in this time of different. Currents around the globe in influencing how would be in contemporary society of that became part of our living ritual with each other are whatever way we wanted to adapt it that that we saw each other and someplace in us looked into the eyes that were there. And you might. You might do this right now. Just you can close your eyes the event but just sense okay this is a moment of really honoring and bowing to the beauty and goodness and all beings and just to to your head slightly and sense that mentally whispering. Perhaps if you'd like and sense whether it brings you home to a tender heartedness and open heartedness so we begin this way because of the theme for tonight and not just begin by saying that. The buddha taught that the core of our suffering is a forgetting of who we are that we live in an idea of a limited self fearful cellphone wanting shelf winning shelf a losing south and we forget the the love and the and the light that really is living through us and one of my favorite stories. I heard many many years ago when my son was still in waldorf school here in washington i think he was looking at fifth grade and the art classes. The children would gather around their art tables. Maybe four table and one day. The teacher was circulating around as the children were drawing and one little girl was really into it and she's really into her drawing and to the teacher stood behind her for a while and then finally she asked her. She said so hon. What are you drawing. And the little girl didn't respond right away but then she said i'm doing god and the teacher took that and she was well you know nobody really knows what god looks like without skipping a beat without even looking up she said they will in a moment often. Think about John o'donoghue poet said that she said what happened to our wildness. That wildness of god's of the divine of that sense of really being connected. And we kinda get civilized out of us a bit and thomas merton puts it this way. He says life simple. We're living in a world that's absolutely transparent and divine shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story are fable. This is true
Meditation: Continuous Space Suffused with Awareness (2021-02-24)
"With aliveness the tingling and the vibrating their space that the aliveness floating in a similar way. Can you feel the legs with aliveness. Can you send the men in the volume of the legs. Let awareness fill the legs feeling the movement of energy. Can you feel the pelvic region with awareness opening to the aliveness. Their space aliveness might soften the belly again. Letting this next breath be received softening belly this spread and now this one and again doing awareness filling the whole abdominal cavity again an openness at the chest and see if you can feel from the inside out the area of the heart. Are you aware. The vibrating and pulsing squeeze flow warms. Aliveness letting the shoulders be filled with awareness inhabiting the shoulders. You can allow whatever. Tightness detention remains to float awareness lent of the arms with awareness. Feeling the volume the inside out the movement of energy right down to the hands hands are very soft and feeling them from the inside. Out tingling vibrating floating in space sensing the so under of the neck filled with awareness. If your throat could fill your neck. The tingling vibrating flows of energy there again. That slight smile at the mouth unhinged we feel from the inside out the sensations of the mouth gums teeth tongue lips. Widening out feel the whole face filled with sensation. Scalp skull the brain since this whole body is fueled of sensation with space. Aliveness doing everything all at once. Not stopping anything. Not opposing anything. Men imagine the space that extend outward to either side and leslie space behind you in front of you above and below extending outward and outward beyond the furthest stars. Can you imagine that outer space in this. Inner space is continuous. Space
Awakening Our Bodys Awareness Part 2 (2021-02-17)
"In our last talk. We explored back to the wilderness of our own bodies as a real portal to freedom. And we'll continue that tonight. The basic teaching being that. It's only if we're awake right here in this living body that we really can connect with what we most cherished in life. Whether it's wisdom it comes from being awaken the moment in the spotty intuition love creativity. I always think of an indian teacher whose name was menendez. Jay who was asked how come meditated and his response was so that. I'll see the tiny purple flowers by the side of the road as i walked to town each day as teaching was to live the life fully. And that the only way come right here into the spotty. And i can save for myself that if there's one repeating realization i have over and over again. It's the way home. The way back to everything i value is to notice. I've often that virtual reality of thoughts. And just say oh. Come back and it doesn't matter how deeply i know that. Of course i go off into the transfer of thinking and go. Oh yeah oh yeah about being really here. So we'll explore that. And i often shared the beginning of a talk on being in our bodies. One of the monastic stories were novice monk is basically asking. The abbot will what happens after we die. What happens dan and what do we do you know how. How do you really understand this reality. And the abbot the head. Monk said you know. I don't know and it really upset the novice and he said i you know i thought you were zen monk and the response was i am among but not a dead one and so it is that we. We can't think our way to freedom. We're very reliant on our brains but that just not the way. We end up becoming liberated. Our thoughts can be a servant. I mean contemplation is really useful reflections really useful but it's outside of the realm of thoughts that we really start coming home. I mean think about it. You can have all these thoughts about what a hug is. Let's say you know just you can describe it to yourself and think about it but there's no. There's no comparison to being unfolded to feeling embraced in tune brushing. We really miss our lives. Were skimming the surface if we're living in our thoughts so we'll explore in this talk how we really can inhabit these bodies and what i wanna do is pay particular attention to how do we come back to our bodies when we're really experiencing a lot of pain and maybe just to ask you right now. How many of you are in the midst of experiencing some either chronic or acute pain in your life. It's familiar and don't be shy. And i'll raise my hand because i certainly am. Yeah a i would say for those. That aren't watching. Maybe about forty percents show just to share that. Whenever i choose a topic that i'm gonna be talking about for the week it becomes like a magnet and i've learned to beware it because it's like no matter what i choose all of a sudden. That's what my life gets held with. And so of course. I you know i was doing a body talking. I knew i was going to go into being you know. How do you really be present with pain and sure enough. I'd been on the west coast. I caught something on one of those metal tubes that flies and all the bugs going around. And so i had to sit there going to be meditating with this cold where you can barely breathe. How you be with your breath.
147 - Dharma Cat
"For today's podcast episode. I wanted to talk a little bit about a new pet. That i have a cat named tasr specifically a three legged cat. I want to tell you the story and tie in with the overall idea that sometimes Unexpected joy comes from difficult circumstances or difficulty events. I often refer to the analogy of life being like a tetris game. Where the pieces. That show up We don't necessarily have control over what those pieces are. But when they do show up we do the best that we can those pieces to make them fit the best way we can into the game and before we know it. We're dealing with new pieces. And i really liked that analogy and i think it's important to recognize that this isn't about liking the pieces that we get. It's about Maintaining a little bit of open curiosity if we want to call it that to what. This piece may bring rather than being stuck in the moment thinking here. I am dealing with this piece. That i really don't like what if i was able to Explore a little bit. The idea that while i am interacting with this piece that i don't necessarily like What could come of this. Sometimes that mental exploration can give us a sense of hope And i wanna talk about that a little bit so tasr is the name of our cat now. A little bit back story here. I am allergic to cats I am not the person that you would picture having a cat. Because first and foremost i'm allergic to them and second i've never really My dentist i guess with with with cats. They seem to be Very interesting personalities. They come around when they want something from you and then they're gone once they get what they want. At least that's been my perspective of them through most of my life growing up. And that's why i would consider myself much more of a dog person now. My wife is even less of an animal animal person than i am. She is What you would imagine someone who just doesn't like animals. She's the last person. I would have ever imagined having an animal. So that's in a nutshell Where we were about six months ago and the kids have always wanted a pet and We've toyed with the idea of one day having an outdoor dog but it's too much work for our lifestyle and for where we live. It gets cold in the winter. It'd be too much work so we opted to not have a pet dog. My wife grew up with a pet dog. I also grew up with a pet dog so that would have seemed like the natural fit but one day the kids were asking if they could maybe get a cat so what happened was my wife and so they are great. Aunt had a cat who had kittens and she started calling all of the cousins and all of the cousins were suddenly getting cats when our kids found out that all their cousins were getting cats. They started begging us if we could go pick up one of these new kittens and they could have a cat now. My wife jokingly said. We'll ask your dad. Knowing that i was for sure gonna say no because i'm allergic to cats and i surprised everyone by saying well sure. Maybe maybe we can and she looked at me with this look of concern. Like what are you talking about. And we decided well. Maybe if it's an outdoor cat and outside and we build a little home for it and we can put in a heated pad and things to help with the with the temperature because it does get cold here where we live that. Perhaps it would be Wise to have a cat that patrols around the house because we do live in a rural area out in the in the fields where there are mice and those mice will sometimes get into the house so the first line of defense would be an outdoor cat or so we thought and with that in mind the kids were very excited to know we were going to get a cat so we went up to our to the
Meditation: A Welcoming Heartspace (2021-02-17)
"Let's take a few moments to find. Whatever posture serves you. Whatever way of sitting standing lying being allows you to feel a sense of presence and ease also feel a sense of safety. Do you feel grounded. Feeling perhaps yourself the gravity and the sense of being on this earth rooted belonging kind of like a mountain sitting with strength and balance also federal. A station. snus around you that. There's there's room in this world for whatever arises. One of my favorite translations of mindfulness is from the chinese that it means present tart sweet feel our intention to bring that presence at heart presence to whatever arises began in a simple way. Breathing together might very consciously extend the in rest now to account of five so breathing in inhaling filling the chest in the lungs and a slow out breath to the counter. Five letting go letting go breathing in nice deep in
Guided Meditation | Venerable Karunika | 27 February 2021
"So we are doing the guided meditation right now and we have vendrell choline carmen. Sarah modesty to the guided. We actually running a series of workshops. Here it's a whole day workshop but we take a break from three to four o'clock to do this guided meditation. And i just wanted to check. If you're here for the introduction to meditation that stan at the community hall in this whole. I just wanna make sure that you are in the right place. No one okay. All right. So with that all hanover. Two venerable communica. So we'll do this until like three forty five three fifty. Okay thank you okay. good afternoon every volume. Okay okay okay. Yeah okay okay. So today we have been doing the mid busting and a lot of the questions about the part and the sequence works. So are you ready to just try out. Because i don remind us mentioning how the right view and morality helps our meditation. And that's what we are trying to do. Now is to do a bit of meditation so maybe we can just use some aspects of the fact this afternoon. I thought I will speak. Maybe for about fifteen minutes. So just bear with me. Those of who you who. You are meditating already. Just continue with. However you're meditating and if you wish to take my suggestion on board then you can just listen to a bit. And maybe tried out. So i would like to take two aspects of the right view and that he's the idea of non-self and in permanence so very often when we sit down to meditate the thing that troubles us the most is our thinking. It's just things that we have to do. Our concerns things that happen to us and when we reflect our life even though we think we have a sense of self which can control things which is why we think a lot. How often have been proven wrong often. We have realized things are out of our control anyway. So during this shit i encourage you to just bring him. This idea of that things are out of my control of my business so any if any thinking arises then just remind yourself of this right view. There's nobody in here. Things are out of my control and just let things be. The other thing is also impermanent. S- we also know that everything changes all the time and we don't know what's going to happen even this afternoon. You went in this meditation. So worrying about future is kind of hopeless and we know this. The problem means we sometimes forget about it so. Let me encourage you this doing this. Sit to just remember this idea of permanence as well when thinking comes up and just let things to disappear slowly. Read this right view so when we have this attitude of right view it actually makes you quite peaceful. Things are changing. You know that things are out of your control most of the time. So that's one of the things you can bring in as you meditate in the second thing is about your morality. I recognize most of the people who are in this room. You all have been coming to displace for quite some time being good people. Trying your very best to leave the spiritual part keep precepts liver moral life to your best ability now. No south coast. 'perfect anybody who is not in lighten has defilement. And the nature of defilement s- easter sometime. Do wrong things so we are all guilty but this is not the time to remember the things that went wrong but we can actually have a sense of the guinness while assess understanding. That too was sometimes beyond our control. We have been conditioned by our past. And that's why we behave that way so please bringing take a few moments to really would give yourself and also with the application to the people around you in figgy others astro. Now i encourage you to bring your mind back to where you're sitting right here. Really sit back in very comfortable way and having attitude contentment band standing having right view in the forefront of our mind. This is the time to relax. Relax into this moment with an attitude of contentment and forgiveness. If your mind is starting to move just remember. It's not my business. Bring it back to this moment. Contentment and relaxation. Into this moment gently in right to do bringing a sense of joy remembering that you have been kind and you have been generous throughout your life actively bringing this joy and meet the sense of joy settling into the moment sitter the me into this moment with a sense of joy and contentment. Knowing that you have be a good person happy to be here. Feel mindless moving. Remember it's none of my business bringing back to here happy to be here. S we're coming to end the meditation. I know right you all to really bring that happiness in joy in your heart remembering your own goodness
Noble Eightfold Path Workshop II - Part 4 | 27 February 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali & Venerable Mudito
"Good morning everyone. Good morning to that. So we're doing the time radio young. Okay all right. We're four minutes late okay. All right so we're doing the second workshop for the nobel for paf series and today as usual we have john. Bre molly and venable detoro. Don't introduction let me just quickly introduce who the nuns we have here today. So we've got benadryl when he sarah with god venerable pick wondering why there's no will pick onto seat okay and where. Oh okay all right. And then we've got general. Tommy karoon ika and we're going to do the guided meditation today. She did the cadet contemplation. One isn't it. that's really good. Then will gen t as well as vanua surata so just just a few things that i'd like to mention this morning. We constantly trying to improve the program. And how we run it so each time after each workshop like emailing a or show we do. We do that anyway. So we notice that. We've we've taken quite a lot of time answering questions and for people to ask questions but we want to make sure that teachers. You have enough time to address those questions. They are important questions but same time also have enough time to finish the materials that the teachers have prepared so we were thinking that from today's workshop on words because the teachers were open up the questions and unser after each meany meditate so we will take questions. Rahm to people are two questions. We'll have two questions per mini meditation. And because we only taking two questions per mini meditation we would like to ask everyone to try and if chance to someone else who has not asked a question or the session at the same time in order to make sure that any burning questions left unanswered. I have prepared a question box a little bit similar to how we run retreats and we have because a salary to talk and then we have people to write questions on a piece of paper and then we can pasta questions to the teachers and can you can then see depending on time whether they want to address the questions during this workshop during next workshop. But i'm quite sure they will address it sometime. Doing doing the series yeah And of course this two questions limit does not appeal to the nonce so the nuns can ask questions more than two questions and not just quite happy to answer it. yeah l. Sorry lhamo and forgot to introduce this method sitting yup one of the things that we can do is because sometimes there will be extra time at the very end and we can actually more questions than if not so questions left if you have a box for questions or whatever. We can do it at that time. Yeah okay all right. And then we are also asking people to that are related to noble it. Four puff there are always other avenues for you to ask other related questions but yeah so. Let's let's just keep those questions onto this. And i just want to quickly mention as those of you would have known we are doing. A small donation drive To get a new laptop for giambra molly for the monastery. So i've got a donation box outside but now because the classes after we brought it in so we'll put a donation volunteer outside again during lunch time. If some of you didn't bring cash just push me. We'll see what we can do a yup other than that. I think that's pretty much it did. I miss anything else. Sounds good to me okay. All right so let's head back to the dentist. Okay thank you heart and so we are gonna continue pretty much left off last time so remember. This is about early. What is and because. It is about early buddhism. It really is a bad what the buddha taught not about buddhist traditions and buddhists developments over the past two and a half thousand years as about coming back to kind of the what the buddha taught and of course that is very important because what the buddha taught obviously is the gold standard for what buddhism is about and everything else in a two and a half thousand years since then. It might be right sometimes. It might be wrong but what the buddha taught obviously has to be the standard for everything else and because of that usually when we have workshops. We have a session. Where we talk matt misconceptions last time. We had misconceptions about dependent origination. Now we're going to look at the misconceptions about the noble eightfold path for some of the wrong ideas. That are out there. You can see if not wrong at the very least. They are not really in accordance with how the buddha taught and that is kind of the again the essential thing here. So we're going to look at that and see how. See what happens when we look at these Ideas maybe today. Maybe we will have a discount. We have the breakout session later on. Maybe we can discuss this topic further. Some of you may have some ideas of your own. About what our misconceptions about early buddhist sorry about the noble eightfold path. Get this right. So it's nice to get added because we have obviously limited idea about what. This misconceptions is good to have other people's input as well. There might be an interesting topic for toronto. You can bring up your favorite misconception or you can bring up your own misconception. Yeah now i get it now. Thank you so much for clarifying. My my own kind of often happens so the first misconception. We're going to look at is the following him. All paths are different ways up the same mountain. The mountain symbolizes climbing the mountain walking the path. Yeah and reaching the pinnacle like reaching the end point of that particular spiritual path or whatever it is and this is a very common view that you will hear especially maybe not maybe so much buddhism but sometimes you hear it in certain religions. That happened this idea. Sometimes buddhists also have this idea. There are certain kinds of more new religions. Yeah which tend to have this sort of ideas and so is it really true. That is really the issue here.
Ritual and Practice - Talk 4 - Chris Fortin - Jizo Ceremony
"So this is the fourth of Four seminars on ritual what. I'm hoping to do tonight. Is i want to say a few things about ritual as an entry way into the ceremony. The will do. I wanna do a little introduction of jeez. Oh jeez oh. Good friend many manifestations and then we'll do the ceremony. The ceremony were going to do. Is one of the wonderful things about the jesus ceremony is that it's adaptable. And that's the encouragement is pleased adapted to the circumstance into what's needed and what's possible. So what will do tonight will be a taste and i think my experience is that in any way you enter. Jeez oh taste grief. That is the natural rising in this world of permanence. That is what makes us truly. I think it's to be a true human being abode. He sought the true human being a. You can't go around. Grief the entry point and that an entering it is where you find compassion and healing and a deepening into love and even a joy in being in this birth death life. So we'll have a taste. I with my colleagues other colleagues offer grief. Jesus rituals at green gulch several times a year and practice workshops and So if and trainings so if you wanna know more. They're certainly no into this. But what i wanted to start with. Norman mentioned last week. While i think you mentioned charlie mentioning it This wonderful book by paula awry of bringing home. The healing heart of japanese women rituals. If if you don't know it. I highly recommend it to you and i recommend her to you. She has another beautiful book on The heart sutra painting enlightenment. Read just a little bit ritualized activity. In sodas in context is not a process of becoming event of ideally actualising buddha nature mindful all is interrelated impermanent and ultimately empty of substance in individuation in the present moment by the same token healing is not a process of curing or getting better. It is a mode of experiencing events in the present moment from the perspective of buddha nature or compassion neutralizes suffering compassion neutralizes suffering not to deny pain or death. My research polo awry reveals. How women empower themselves and others. As they experience their interrelatedness with all things ritualized activity takes such prominence in japanese then due to its embodied i e not dichotomy body and mine and holistic orientation or even the boundaries of life and death are not devicive. She says later. Buddhist altar is a place where birth and death meet the living and the dead interact might especially jesus alter not necessary at all but it always has a bones on it. You've gone rand. Who will talk about is one of is. The person who brought the japanese ritual ceremony To the western world although it was certainly already in asia and asian communities here Her whole home turned into a jesus ritual and She would she would ask for people to bring her roadkill and she had Road kill setup in very beautiful sacred ways and we would study and watch the entire process of the disintegration of the of the flies and the maggots and the and the an all the way through until the bones were just shining white. The practice of not away. Someone asked it's called bringing in home. The healing heart of japanese women's ritual. Paula awry a. r. a. i. And just a little bit more in honoring the deceased. The living can experience their interrelatedness with all things in other words. They can experience their buddha nature. They are not usually cognizant of this in a cerebral manner. But there are bodies understand. Intellectual understanding of interrelatedness does not heal. It is only when interrelatedness is experience that it can heal the most intimate heels. The most intimate healers are dead. Loved ones personal. Buddha's who know you best and who are with you everywhere. All the time no longer restricted by the forces of gravity or the limitations of space and time what enables healing is to cut out the delusion you are an isolated independent entity and it's why ritual like jesus ceremony is in a way that is not linear. it's not cognitive. it's not of the mind. It's of the body and its collective and its communal happens together in coming together to acknowledge individual grief collective grief and How much we're all in the same boat so i also wanted to say just briefly. I don't think norman This up I love the concept Japanese and dogo brings it forward in his teachings the concept of self power and other power. If we think we're going to do this by ourselves with our will go ahead and try until something in our life brings us to our knees. And i think that's when we begin to realize almost spontaneously where we call out for help so doganov called power or recognized other power as a that we have our ancestors the the lineage human beings who followed this path who know this birth death realm and practiced wholeheartedly in it. The second is the realm of the cosmic buddhism. Bodey sokha's which is the realm of the lotus sutra. Which is why it's such a wonderful sutra to study in in Disturbing distressing desperate times is there is something going on whether you believe it on an archetypal level or whether it's visceral level and i would suggest can be an is of israel level that the help of the buddhism the body soccer is when you call out. Is there to help.
Giving and Accepting Generosity | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 26 February 2021
"And for those of you find it difficult to smile. Maybe you can do exercise. Which my first. Meditation teacher taught me believe it or not. When i was a young student had a very miserable looking face apparently and what my teacher told me to do. Every morning i go to the toilet relieve yourself but ended up past from there will be a mirror a when you see that meera look yourself in the mirror. Pull your two fingers on the side of your mouth. Push up ex- exercise your smarty muscles and i thought i was a stupid idea but i had enough respect for ancient wisdom to try that my did for two years never missing any morning and sometimes you know what it's like when you i get up in the morning you feel terrible going to do today. Does that sound convincing. Probably not fix happy life. So but anyway. I learned how to smile these days. If you know you want to play tennis or you want to be free to exercise people exercise their hands. I exercise their legs. May i exercise my mouth. Believe it or not it works and you look yourself in the mirror. This young man was little girl. And of course you love and that says hundreds thousands of dollars from having to go to see site. Psychologists goes in psychology. We can do that in front of your bathroom mirror. But anyway well this mutation of being smarty the fat happy monk and not only that. I think that's important too because i said our to the cancer group the center just last tuesday and i just mentioned this is of science that way and you are happy and start laughing. You're actually blood vessels expand. Its well known if you're a negative and miserable then your blood vessels contract apps and answered an important question which would be bothering me for. So many years why all choppy people happy. Have you ever seen a fat miserable person. And the reason is because all fat miserable people died out a long time ago so much gut goes through. Their arteries are arteries are very small. That's why they have. The traffic jams called coveney's but if your happy smile i been doing this for such a long time. The arteries and veins just so wide. They been expanding for years. So anything can go through here. Never gets up. That's going to talk about this evening. What is going to talk about this. Evening was one of the things which happens to you by understanding some reporters. Especially when you get into some meditation. Get some insights coming up. You start to look at life in a different way more useful way. I one of the things we were talking about last week with some of our committee members was like gratitude and thanks sometimes now almost told is somewhat help. She say thanks. But when i tried doing that when i was a young monk that i heard that no we talking about to say sex to me worth. I learned. this was now as monks. We go on arms around so we have our bowl and we go walking on arms now. They've every morning entirely had to get arms food from villages. And these very very poor people. I know and i saw that. This is a bit of an imposition to now got a good education in my family. Were poor but you know had a good job as a schoolteacher. Before what am i doing begging for my food every morning. This is not right. I thought but that was our custom. So i did it and what happened. After a couple of months we never went into the village one morning because we were being fed in a house and having a celebration for something so we went then. We never went into the village for arms food electron the afternoon. The whole village led by the headman of the various came into a monastery to ask forgiveness asking forgiveness for you had an ice free day. You need to feed the mouths. You didn't need to serve no waste all that rice and money on us said no. We must have offended. You didn't come in our village and give us the opportunity to do some good calmer for you to serve. And that's what i realized giving in this particular case food or giving breakfast whereas moore's vapor so we can ever eat. It's not the we need your food but you need to give it to us and this was where something clicked in me an article which i never understood years ago though when a journalist was following the allama this was in tibet. And how he got in. There must have been a long time ago that whenever the dalai lama would go to various village in the countryside of tibet people would line up to give him sings and this journalists was just watching and just getting more and more angry because many many many poor people scraping by a manager to save up or get something they could give to the dalai lama and once according to this journalists diary or article. Sorry he saw a really really poor woman this lineup and she gave the deadline armor skirts. A woman's skirt and a journalist got so upset. You call yourself a demand you call yourself a religious leader you live in a big panish you eat so you get whatever you want and that navy. She needs that score. Much all your man. You don't were skirts. Why have you taken that skirt from this. Really poor lady and the dalai lama and just his character he would listen first of all and was quiet and he plied with what i heard is change lot of the way i look at things he said. Yeah that's true. I don't need discomfort. i'm. I'm a leader. Get many things are not the only woman skirt for that woman needed to give it to me. She needed to give.
Where Were You Born?
"We hope you enjoy the talk. Good morning just had my second second. Show the pfizer vaccine. I smoke a little under the weather cold so anyway so it we go case. The t to of kills of the book of activity kilson state of mind preface to the assembly. The ocean is the realm of the dragon who sinks in emerges tranquil spoilt. Heaven is the home of the crane who flies in kohl's perfect freedom. Why does this exhausted. Fish remain in the shallows or a should sluggish bird live amongst the is there any may measure of of gain a loss to be made of this the main case attention kilson ask simone. Where were you born the moment replied you province key ocean said do you think of it. The moung said i think of it. Always kjeldsen said. Subjective thoughts is mind objective thought is the environment therein. There are such things as mountains. Rivers the great Towers buildings people and animals reflect on the mind. The things isn't something that the monks said as far as that. I don't see anything. The toll kills in said a belief. That's all right as a person. That's not all right. The among said osho priest do you have any particular instruction he osen replied to say. I have something particular on not misses the point.
Episode 674, recorded 2021-02-28
"Good morning it's sunday february. The twenty eighth. And i'm looking out at snow melting and a gray damp day. So i guess that means that it's almost spring. I hope you're doing well and hope you're finding ways to be safe and also to be satisfied with your life and content with what you have are wanted to sit with you today. And i read a few pages from ashim teijin nia who i've been reading from since i've gotten back into his teachings. He's a very fine teacher. Let's start with this. It's sunday morning. We're moving into march. So this chapter is called dhamma investigation in practice. That's in our in our practice. So i'll just read a little bit and then we'll sit together and just let it let it stew and this can be a kind of you can use meditation. Today is kind of kinda contemplation of anything that strikes. Your fancy from what i read i. She takes a I to dhamma investigation or investigation of phenomena in his discussions. The diana's that the pali dhamma week to ya dhamma. We is a second factor out of the seven factors of enlightenment and kai is kind of wisdom that we use while practicing of the seven factors the first. Three factors are causes factors. We can input our work on the last four factors or effects. We can't create or make them happy. Those are the what we sometimes call. The calming factors the calming effects of the work. That we do. The following. expert of adama discussion illustrates. I've sheen teijin. Es dhamma we year that's investigation in practice. The pinzel i was sitting in meditation and listening to cya dodgy the late. Sh sh sh sh way you main cya giving adama discourse nearby sutton. This is in myanmar. Suddenly i saw this very calm mind. Change in intensity. The mind that had been quite calm before was now agitated. How did this happen. How did this anger come about. Suddenly when the mine was so peaceful just minutes ago the mine was now interested in knowing so it backed up a again. It backed up a bit and began to ask questions what is happening inside this interest. No and right thinking. Change the path of the mind from anger towards dhamma. I love that sentence. The interest to know and right-thinking change the path of the mind from anger towards dhamma. Without this right thinking the mind would have continued along. The path of anger and aversion still believing anger was an appropriate response for the situation. That i cut off the anger through other means. No the mine was interested to know the truth and because of that it just lightly and gently watched the anger running. Its own course. The anger was happening on. its own. what was happening in the mind. It was listening to sales from two different sides. There was scientology's voice on one side and people talking on the other side. I was aware of the different objects and the mind going back and forth between the two. The mine wasn't focused. Only on one thing. It knew a lot of things simultaneously and software. The attention was going as well. I then saw this aversion on the one side. I wanted to hear cya saito. T but couldn't hear him. Well i also saw the mind talking about the and looking for trouble. How can these people come and talk around here when they've come here for the dhamma feelings came up as much as this mind continued to talk. The observing mind saw everything that was going on in the mind. Can you see how expansive the field of view was at this point after it's off after it saw the mind going back and forth between these two sides a couple of times.
Right Stillness Samma Samadhi (7/7) | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 29 December 2012
"Good evening everyone. Well me welcome back to wechat one for the series of the talks on the noble eightfold pa otherwise also known off. The the way to end suffering. Tonight is on some awesome. Somebody all right stillness. And tonight is also the last night for the meditation retreat. Here so you have. A few of us will be aldo until tomorrow. Strive on so. Yeah we would try to complete the talk in about forty five minutes plus plus and another thirty minutes or so plus plus to take your questions questions Box is at the door. Is it that not there okay. Maybe i'll feel. It is okay so you have any questions. Just write them on a piece of paper it in the box and will bring it to the front after the talk tonight without further ado. Let's put all together. Welcome adam bram for right stillness. Very good tonight's talk is on the final factor. The foreparts right students and they always say the actions are much more powerful than words so now.
Venerable Kassapa | Quietness | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram
"The medicine is fine. Suited me fielding. Nice go out. Kanzi on out in ways you know dad is safe. The I on scene and the scene on On this line shoot a is how downtown from an global king down craig. Why should a says a taught us off having clarity of vision this so one of the words that i've really come to lack in my practice over the years is quietness. Quietness has a lot in it. And i think it shows the kind of attitude of silence. Silence can be had to approach her when his quietness can even read a book quietly. You can walk quietly meditate quietly in sosa white on quelling. The senses in the president having a good attitude quietness so whenever in as previous fixes the gentleness in patients quietness has gentleness in patients in it. So it's very easy way to tuning into one piece actually is the when we come to meditate. Now we have to be monks and nuns or go off to a desert is about renouncing. How usual desire. So we're not just gonna go watch. Tv or thin crispy That we put a task in front of us to be quiet. Meditate chai contemplate some wholesome truth and then in by using time in wise ways than those drips quietness komo noticeable. So then the noise. Usually accumulates in uncontrolled live so noisy. That there's never any quiet in particular. Ah i'm sure had families in vain. Parents afford your. Apparently you think get stressed sometimes and then become a new level as my friend. Toby he'd never had any reason to be stressed before it became apparent so a friend of mine. When i teaching him meditation the idea of having a short meditation through the day you can be at work eagerly teaching could be sweeping or whatever new become aware of what you're doing in brings quietness india activity. So if you like the bread. Philip being aware body posture whatever. The particular. Mindfulness techniques brings quietness in july. He didn't have these tricks. And when i was a person. I had sometimes breaking to nowadays and then had his away every hour. How and save my matchup Even just just for one minute every hour then what that meant is soon to be mindful. I have been on my for enough to come back for now. Said my my mention and then that meant it through the day. Then after his time. I started in Five minute meditations. In my lifetime. Our anger of work on my business. Sometimes i would just sit and meditate. Eleven o'clock at night even though is totally exhausted and Need to quietness and then the you training to it. It's like a it's like comes like a close friend. Something you familiar with something you not. And and in the movie shooting. Tha that than that affects the rest alive. So then what seemed like a difficult task fat quietening the census the calming the mind actually starts to be something that is practical and a so rather than just saying. I have an hour meditation on twenty minute meditation today. I think a better approach is to have that with this. Win of developing quietness coming back to your meditation. Mindfulness today because then as my teacher. When i was talking him once about this because we have has had normal day in the every now and then monday From four to inc retreats the year that we can do and so they had time where you have put down your extra judy's and you can just bike signing meditation even lunches vote so visually. But if you then until that retrace starts to get meditation than that is not gonna work the same but if you have this approach for every day he just doing your best to look at. What difficulties are coming up in the mind. Wherever come and heavy strips of quietness is like the kettle his ready to boil. And then so when you have your retreat or your personal time off or even just one day. A week where. He focuses on spiritual things than than acting deepen. But if you just white every time you sit down or ride a spiritual journal whatever your mac. This is then. Just you've just the monkey out of the cage and then you've tried to catch it again until it to sit down is not going to be not gonna have wonderful results is going to be very slow us so it's And then when we do the runway way just to be honest with ourselves that that lasts three months. That was actually really terrible. I totally forgot event the foundations in now i've got lost in all these other things and show our respect to seeing a bit but basically a big waste of time in and so what was the coolest is odds k. I was getting involved with this. That the other end. Because i was associated with the said if i just be a bit mindful in this way i cut that out Maybe i can avoid that in the future so we actually learn from our experience so we're not being catch mental would telling. Sob bad rod received the results. Were that if the results of that. What was the course looking into sniffing thing and the other thing is we have this idea. Section of who we are -ception of who we are can be very different to the reality of julia. And so that's where we start to look at what's true values in life like actually investigate if we can see what our values intentions out that we can stop to use them as the jumping board for actions have become a buddhist month so we have now renounciation like developing divine emotions. Have any The honest to have like a series of his values. And then what my actions get out of line.
Everyday Buddhism 56 - Can You Lament And Still Be A Buddhist?
"Word. But i bet you haven't used it at much. If at all and leave it to the fourteenth month of two thousand twenty wink wink to inspire me to do a podcast focused on lament lamenting and lamentation lament means to be mon to mon wail or cry. In a state of grief morning. Sorrow or anguish. That's why. I think it's a great word in compasses that mix of emotion that is grief loss in anguish. When just one word can't quite express it all you know unless you are quite young you have probably experienced that mix of emotions to some degree or another especially in this past year and i doubt any of us. Under the age of ninety at least in the west have experienced the level of grief lost and anguish that two thousand twenty and now into two thousand and twenty one delivered. And it's because of that. I wanted to talk about lament lamenting orleans stations. If you're my age or which is sixty eight or younger and live in the west you have not experienced level of global lamentable circumstances we have been experiencing yet. All of history's filled with the stuff that causes lamenting in wars pestilence. Floods fires plagues the stuff of lamentation. And although buddhism is frequently characterized by the buddha's teaching on suffering buddhist sutras and related teaching. Speak of lamenting only in ways. That highlight how it is to be avoided. You know getting on with it letting go so as not to fall victim to the second aero of suffering of course that is to be understood based on the buddhist teachings of the four noble truths. He taught that one suffering or discontent is part of every life because it because it is that nature of the human condition. Or as i wrote in my book you know life is crappy sometimes and number two noble truth number two the cause of suffering or discontent or crappy nece is grasping two things. We want an pushing away things. We don't want noble truth three. He taught that there is a way out of this. Discontent disease suffering and for the way out is by following the noble eightfold path now looking at buddhism from that perspective alone which is the way many who i would refer to as secular buddhists understand and practice buddhism that makes lamenting a sort of a no. No no no not. It's sort of an allowing yourself to grasp which then causes more suffering. It wasn't until rather recently when buddhism began by being taught through the filter of a psychological lens. You know the book. The wise heart by jack cornfield is a perfect example of this and when the psychological lens started being applied over the buddhist
Buddha's Reflection on the 32 Body Parts - Meditation | Dennis & Louisa | 24 February 2021
"Everybody welcome to the center to not another winds ought to god administartion tonight. I have next to me the ways that she was last week but unfortunately her name got. When i was introducing to use specially those that were on the internet The first part propped off. So i've got great pleasure in introducing. You're here again tonight. Louise will give us a hands off and do the meditation part of the station's not when i hand over to her managerial all sides. Just give us a little bit of a rundown on the k. Group which is one of the main reasons why we like to do this meditation on wednesday night so that we can so that we can let everybody know that the lines are open right now and this people magazine. The fines right now. So let me tell you a little bit. Put out a bit more about that amendment. I would just like to continue on a little bit with what we were talking about last week. Just with regard to the stillness that we have been trying to talk about and point to here over the last few wins nine arts just in relation to hell that still very helpful for you to be able to listen to yourself as well as listening listening to others in day. This is why this particular thing ties into the category of itself. because the k- group people listen is the kind of trying themselves and we've offered trying here to help them understand. Just what it is to listen all by mentioning the last few times. That's a very doesn't happen that often actually in the world where people do really truly listen to one another when you can really truly listen to one another. It's a great thing. Great thing for somebody who's troubled or trauma in the allies Because the person really does feel a the kid for a loved and this is a wonderful experience and bringing introducing one or two topics that go with all of this over the times that we've been talking here and i'd like just to not to emphasize just the way that it's very important to win. We're looking out into the world to realize that we're looking at into on personal universe so from our point of view and i'll look out here. I'm looking at dennis's universe. This is really mine my on the universe and as you look back at me this is your universe and we each have our own individual tykes on this universe. None of us really. None of us really blend together in that way. We all have our individual tyke on on this particular unit is but it's a really interesting thing to know what to do when that When that realization really hits home because then we realized that when we're dealing with al universes we're really will too. We're really able to mike. We know we know that we working with things. If there's any trouble more trouble in the universe we neither. We've got the opportunity to make that universe peaceful to make a make happy. I'm and it's not always possible to do that. Of course because they might be circumstances beyond your control that you can't if a get to do that and you get swept up in in various food problems and troubles in terms of imitation with we see the situation like this where we're looking at in in universe and we know we start to realize that we can make our universe peaceful that's a great boon to practice. We start to really your practice really starts to him because we can. We gradually withdraw as cells. It's a bit like becoming nobody yourself but you're of offering service to your universe in order to make your universe peaceful and this is really. What the booted win. The buddha realized what he did and becoming enlightened and we all know that the teachings they do their he really did become nobody was really nobody lay but still this very powerful presence is very powerful universe that he was he was living in himself and he was idled to to affect the lives of many many people and still doing that now. Two and a half thousand years on from that where he's able to teachings a here for us all to to work with to be with and to To be able to help in making this aalyah this is peaceful and conned wall. We're really doing trying to emulate the same thing that he did in really you know why becoming nobody and at the same time giving the service out into the universe and that's a marvelous thing to think about this when we when we're looking at the k group too because that's what the people on the phone lines they're listening to not doing. They're really there to offer service all the people that come along to this society The people that helped on the committees helping with the various Things that we do all offering service here and the more service that you can can offer awed actual fact the really the better off you becoming your own practice because you're starting to really starting to come into tune with the with the present moment and we've talked the present moment a lot over the last little while and so in in having said that there's sort of various things in the way that that all of this works is we're trying to think about alpaca deuce and how we can kind of make hell practice workman of the way that we can allow practice to to become more more truthful and as we start to leave more into the into the reality of the present moment. When we're when we're doing that we can see that. There's plenty of things that we need to to work with one of the things i was going to bring onto. Not just to to talk about is really the what the buddha talked about as the thirty two parts of the body really just remember about the first five. I'll have to check my list. Follow the other the other thirty two but it goes it starts off. It'll be familiar with this with hair. The body here of the head niles teeth skin and in sewn on it goes but really many people use this practice of contemplating into their body just to notice. Just what is really real. The you know quite often. When i'm doing this i think about this for myself. You know you you imagine your of your head you know. We all know that when the hey. You guys have a haircut. You're not really the here that gets left behind not side much of a problem here on the bama's floor we don sort of for the hair so much and the same with your your niles and your teeth teeth. Maybe need to be pulled out or adjusted or field or whatever happens to them but you start to get the audience that these component parts of your body. You're not really use your niles. We cut our niles and can discount that nile quad caught. Well but probably it might be a little bit more difficult if you might be losing arm or something like that on either set now is. I'm losing sight. It's been once again. You can sort of say that the site has not really daynuss that that that works works with me and helps helps me interpret what's happening in the world. But these component parts are very useful to contemplate just raid through the list them
Sense Of Self - The Buddha Dharma Series
"This is the hundred episode. The buddhism guide podcast and before i get into the lightest podcast. I want to justify. Thank everybody for all of that support for the is. Whenever i released one of these podcasts. It always goes into the top. Three descend podcasts. And in many many countries it stays at number one. So that's very humble in sir. Thank you so much for that. And i'd also like to thank everybody on patron who supported my work. Who's helped me by better equipment. Not just for the podcast for my video channel on youtube pay for an app and son many different things. Thank you so much revived your support in your health. It wouldn't be possible for me to actually do any of this works. Thank you so much for that. And thank you everybody for listening to the podcast writing comments sending me emails telling me how it's changed my life and how it's made you a better fasten each time. I received one of these comments and emails. I feel really humble them. Having is pasta any expectation that i ever had of doing the podcast said thank you so much for that and this episode is called a sense of self and it's part of the buddha dhamma series in buddhism. One of the most difficult teachings people to understand is that will non-south the doctrine states that in humans there is no permanent entity that can be called the south or a saw this. Denial of any sell yourself. Is what distinguishes buddhism Other major religions such as christianity hinduism and it gives buddhism its uniqueness. The teaching is not difficult. it's also controversial and one of them are poorly understood teaching in buddhism. Many teachers believe it's more important to teach about karma and rebirth. But i would disagree. Most people usually misunderstand these stagings and they end up reinforcing. The sense of south they believe that comma gets attached to that self and not self rebound so passively. I believe if you want to reduce your suffering in this life you should understand the teaching of non-south this sense of being prominent solid or tournament itself isn't illusion and the problem. Is this illusion ingrained in ordinary experience. We have a sense in a permanent individual south. But that's all it is a sense of failing. If i asked you who you you may tell me about your job. dr teach aaron song. But this is not who you are. This is your work. If you change your job would you stop being. You said you a much definitely not your job. You may tell me about your family. your nationality. I'm from a wealthy. Our middle class or report found me on indian british african so on a game. And it's not who you are. It is just you in relation to office. you may tell me your a hindu muslim or christian But that's your religion. It's not who you saw. You may say that you thought so failing sort emotions but they so old impermanent so the colony you the same goes for your body or your experience. Says they're all in permanent sire. None of them can be you. We can go on with this exercise forever. But everything we find will be impermanent and superficial. That really is nothing. Venice that is independent. And never changing. So if you're thinking here. The buddhism reciting you don exist. It isn't what is saying. Is you do not exist in the way you think you do. We are not permanent individual solid entities. Instead we are changing monument to lawmen the water flowing down a mountain stream even fixed night or identitat doesn't make his permanent. It's just a convention we've come up with so we can talk about. That sounds if you took me apart and light all my bits and pieces on the floor. You would not find inherently existing. Yesterday saw a question everyone else when they come across his teaching is. If i'm not who. I think i am. Who am i. Instead of a permanent south who sold the individual is compounded of five factors that are constantly changing these collection a five changing processes notify aggregates. Saw the process of the physical body of failings of perceptions of responses and the flow of consciousness that experiences the more. You can hit more about this by listening to podcasts. Cold how we experience the world when we identify with the process of the physical body we get attached to a physical foam. When we identify with the process of failings our perceptions and responses we become attached to them a sense of south of rice. Whenever we grow spat or identify with these patents. The sense of south is perpetuated because we pay attention to only the surface of our experiences. We never take the time to dell deepa fai. We've what we like and don't like what we want. Don't want at dreams and believes we think our thoughts failings emotions and physical sensations are part of us instead of seeing them as passing phenomena if we allow ourselves time to observe these processes coming in going we would be able to see them as justice experiences that arise and fall away and not a self. If we had opponent south we would never be able to change so if you want to grow and change. We need to let go of this idea that we have south that defines us the next question. People are when they hear about non-south phase. So why should i care if i have a south for now. This idea of a south reduces harmful thoughts of me and mine. Desire selfishness craving attachment hatred. Ill will concede pride egotism. Another defilement impurities and problems. In fact in buddhism it is said that the illusion
Venerable Sampasadana | The Middle Way | The Armadale Meditation Group
"This is what should be done by one who with skilled in goodness and who knows the path of peace let them be able and upright straightforward and gentle in speech humble and not conceited contented and easily satisfied not busy with. Ut's and frugal ways peaceful and calm and wise and skillful not proud and demanding h Let them not do this. Slightest thing that the wise would later you've wishing in gladness ending safety may beings be at t's whatever living beings may be whether they are weak or strong omitting non the great holden mighty medium short-haul small that seen any unseen those living near and far away. Those born to be born may all be happy. Let none deceive. And now the or despise any being in any state let non through anger or he'll will wish Upon another even as a pretext with a life head challa her only child so with a boundless hot should one cherish all living beings radiating kindness over the entire world spreading upwards to the skies and downwards to the depths outward send unbounded freed from hatred and deal will whether standing or walking seated or lying down free from drowsiness. One should sustain this recollection. This is said to be the sublime abiding by not holding to false. Use the pure hearted one having clarity of vision being freed from all sense design is. He's not born again into this world. Okay so there's a brief introduction to the meditation talk can still. it's okay. I one of the main important things about meditation which is really interesting. Is distinct the middle way. And it's something which at the beginning seems a little strange and esoteric little hard to find but the more meditate the more and more you find that it's just everywhere and it's extremely useful to manage your meditation to an extent because there's an extent where meditation is letting guy you take your hands off the wheel you relax. Just let the process unfold but there needs to be a bit of preliminary work to set that up. And that's getting to that point where you can get to that stage where you just relax and you don't need to do anything. So meditation is wonderful to develop the middle way. Because it's something which you only really find by experience by finding out what happens when you're sitting on the cushion and it makes more interesting that it's basically an ongoing experiment. It's always sort of every time it's different and that's a good thing. It's a good thing that is different every time because that always fresh and interesting. It's always knew this never dull moment and that's the thing. I was actually quite lucky. That a friend of mine recently told me that he found that meta was being overlaid onto the onto the moment on the experience. Yes great because that's what it is finding that joy finding that peace finding that happiness is something that you give to the moment. It's not so much something that just automatically happens. And that's a big thing to to kind of find because i it's very empowering because you realize that how you adjust your meditation is is up to you you know. It's something which is quite easy to do which is wonderful and then once you get it's really nice then you can just sit back and it just happens by itself. And that's really nice to so with meditation in the middle way. Sometimes we go too far this way. Sometimes you go too far this way sometimes too strict and tight and we must sit for and so time and be like this and perfect posture and and and everything else and sometimes we just go whatever and we just kind of let go silently too much too early so it's always gauge. It's always the soft fuzzy. Feel that you kind of discover as you so for few minutes we can evaluate this a bit more and we can have a consideration that it feels right and it's really the benchmark. We're talking about that. It feels right because the the middle way is not an intellectual game. It's not something which you think your way through it. Something that you feel and it's something that you explore and that's what makes it so beautiful because it's an art at the same time like any art the more you do it the better it gets you more skilled at it and this is exactly the sign so 'cause my voice is giving out. It's been a very hot dry dusty day. Let's make start because you might as well everybody please make yourself comfortable can settle into the chair and we can begin when you're ready. Close your eyes and the first thing to become aware of is just how you're feeling. Now what is it that you feel the beginning. He might not feel that much. You might just feel settling in. You might feel aches and pains you know sitting on the chair or the cushion and this is the time to use that to relax to settle really enjoy this experience because this joy is something that we give to the moment. It's not necessarily something that's always there. It's something that we give so. Just spend a few minutes just moving if we need to just relaxing place your attention your breathing and in this case. Use the britt your breathing on your breath to
Noble Eightfold Path Workshop I - Part 3 | 20 February 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali & Venerable Mudito
"Okay okay everyone. So i hope you are bit more refreshed after the meditation. Everything was it good. Motivation was a good meditation. Good say okay. Great marvelous and thought maybe to get started. We can start with a. We haven't done some questions so far so maybe to start off with your question. Continue in a second. Yeah prem you want to start out yeah friday thank you of the most gender question. He's about to his right. We've how the reasons for the wrong. We've are the wrong. Waves are not living in rebirth and come apart from buddhist who s the knowledge of them. What you also do that. So which means not so no one no no other no other law the practice has right here so which means vast majority are not in the right pop humans that mr right view is it's not either right or wrong. Yeah there's a whole variety of degrees of you. So view is relatively ride relatively wrong here. Even most buddhist. Don't really have full right view just because we believe in right in rebirth and combat doesn't mean that you have full right view you still haven't fully understood it. They haven't understood the other aspects of duca ultimately right. You is understanding of the four. Noble truths was people. Understand the four noble truths at best partially at worst. Not really at all. Yeah so even buddha's don't really have right view as searched have a degree of right or not full right. You are the people that lots of people in the world who believe in. Rebirth are not buddhist christians. atheists. Agnostics hinders muslims. Almost anyone ended original. Can't believe in rebirth that extent they have right view. Maybe they haven't sensor come as well. So these are very gray. Degrees irving sometimes may have a certain. Sometimes you have in. Maybe a muslim or christian who has more bula buddhist. Sometimes this is very variable and depends on how you hear kindness. Compassion also adds up towards the other one is you showed us trying to connect been origination and the noble need for bob. How ignorance is caused by wrongly wrong. The leads to ignorance that show. The novel dependent origination. Starting from wrongly wrongly believed to and let that come up to ignorance and then continue with the other two well insurance and wrong view. Basically the same thing the clock. They're almost different angles on the same thing. I think there's almost so because each is defined as not a vintage ignorance is defined as not understanding. The wrong view is understanding not understanding the four noble truths so the difference is very different angles on the same thing wrong view and ignorance or delusion so there are almost the same thing. Yeah thank you okay. Anything else and the one else's happy. Okay marvelous please please. Okay find a way. You'll be very frugal. Winnable municipal raise the question. John brahm's peace with the this part of it can be that probably. That's how i understood that peace with this a be inclined began to so really right Motivation rams translation
Episode 672, recorded 2021-02-25
"Other. Are your hands up or down. These are just questions you can ask. These don't have yes or no right or wrong answers. Do i feel grounded and centered. If you don't feel grounded. Try taking a few depress in and out. Then go back to your normal breath and see if you feel a little bit more on the earth and all of you together when you've gone through move through your entire body. Which made them cause you to want to adjust your posture. Which is okay. Come back to the breath wherever you feel it around her nostrils may be in your chest in your abdomen. I'll courage you to up down into your abdomen. Because sometimes we breathe only our chest. We're not letting it
Episode 670, recorded 2021-02-23
"Good morning it's tuesday february. Twenty third and maya. We laugh from blue lotus temple. Usually half that's the temple. I've been with for since i first became since a few years before i took my first ordination. So that's always feels. I comb operating out of my own little apartment. Were doing things through them. I wanted to start today with a beautiful. We're we're finishing up our book by children welcoming the unwelcome and we're going to have. We'll have one more class in two weeks. We had a class yesterday and will do it. Our last class is kind of raffled off with any thoughts. Anyone has that they haven't had a chance to mention or emphasize and then we will Pick a pick the next book. I think most everyone wants to continue. So please feel free to join us and whether you've been in the group before or whether it's the first time you can still you can certainly still have an opinion about another book to read and we're open. We're very opened what to whatever but in the last in one of the last chapters which is called mission impossible. Which is you know living living this. Here's the the quote is the of the chapter. Instead of seeing it as futile or depressing we can see the limitless ness of the job ahead of us as a source of continual inspiration. That's wonderful and the first thing she mentions in this chapter is also a traditional. It's just a four line almost like a mantra but it would the something She says she likes to begin by asking everyone to recite these lines with her and Tod nielsen told us. This is a very typical with tibetan Teachers he knows on the tabet path they would either begin or end their talks with this and usually into baton but i think the english is fine and i'd like to use it because i think it's beautiful. It's it's reminds me of shanti. Day was long way of the body and my wish that we often that i often read and that we Even you we use the temple is is the same kind of a different kind of condensation of the entire body. Vody sought footpath and children talks about body cheetah which just means that awakening heart and heart mind so it's that awakening that eventually leads to liberation and part of that is also that caring for others caring for ourself that entire kind of give and take that we need to have in the world to be truly happy. So i'd like to start with that. I haven't memorized it. May boaty cheetah precious and sublime arise where it has not yet come to be and where it has arisen may it never fail but grow and flourish ever more and more. It's lovely and then. She says these lines. Summarize the entire body sought footpath the journey we undertake to awaken our hearts and minds so that we can be of greater and greater benefit to others and we also need to include of greater benefit to ourselves. And that's what allows us to be of benefit to others and these good thoughts. We need to have these good thoughts out in the world that kind of energy so in whether you want to take the body sipho pather not the body body. Cheetah is that concept of that heart awakening. that's just a beautiful expression of our intention. So this is another one of ashim tation. He is books. I look back on my records. And i saw that they send the books for free. But if you want to make a donation you can. And it's these books are fine fine books of dhamma and talking about important top topics and very readable. So it's well worth a donation to a half these in your library and most of them were. These are essentially the kinds of books. You can just open and spend a few minutes if you want to or just a enjoy sitting with it. You could just keep going from google. You know every every few pages as a new topic so there you can read them individually or just enjoy a whole handful of them. So i thought i would open it to something
Noble Eightfold Path Workshop I - Part 1 | 20 February 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali & Venerable Mudito
"Chicken from the monks and nuns in the month in the nuns are getting ready. Okay all right so good to see everyone here. Today it's been a long time. Isn't it since your last year. Felt like yes anyway so today. Renewing restoring series of workshops this time row. It's on the noble it for pop. Noble it for path but a jumble molly shot to set an ap anyway so. It's an eight p. workshops kate so just a quick reminder. We are actually mocking attendance. So if you have not you can do it later. Maybe during the break we chain is helping attendance because of kobe guidelines you're required to either signing using the same a app or you have to cut your contact details on the registration sheet so if you have not done that you can do it during the break cassville. Yeah okay so let me start. So firstly. Maybe to a round