Over the last few months I've been going through the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path on the nights I lead the group. This past weekend we looked at the last group of topics for the Eightfold Path. All in all, it was a lot of information over the many weeks where I've been focusing on these core teachings of Buddhism.
So, I thought it would be a good idea to wrap it up by exploring how we work with all of this material. How does it affect our meditation practice? And, how does it affect our lives? As an extension of this, I may explore the general idea of incorporating teachings in our practice.
There is so much material to study, and here we are sitting silently with our eyes closed. How are the two related?
Well, I hope many of you will join me this Sunday night. I'm looking forward to it as this group is so inspiring every week.
This week we will continue the series I've been leading on the Noble Eightfold Path. We will look at the last three path factors which make up the meditation component (or mental training, you could say). These three are Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.
As Eastern religions have come to the west, and in this case Buddhism specifically, the mental training component has been stressed, expanded upon, and in some cases become the only focus of practice. I will talk a little about what this means to us, and deal more with how these three aspects of the path relate to the rest of the path and to each other. Hopefully, this will provide some context for next week's topic which is approaching the entire path as practice.
I hope many of you will join us this Sunday and that you have a great Friday and weekend until then.