May 11, 2011

Are These Teachings for Us? this Sunday May 15th 7-9 pm at Buena Vista United Methodist Church Alameda, CA

Hello Everyone,
I'm so glad to be back from the delta! Below, here is a link to the sutta that my talk this coming Sunday will be based on. You may want to read it ahead of time so that you will be somewhat in tune with what I will be saying.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.065.than.html
The talk will be addressing what we can consider whenever at some point in our lives we decide to embark upon a spiritual practice, what we should be aware of in contemplating what teachings and/or teacher to embrace. The Buddha clearly outlines in this sutta the necessary criteria that can attune us to what is helpful for us in this life. It's an amazing teaching that everyone can adopt as a general guide no matter what spiritual tradition or teaching one decides to follow. You will see what I mean when we explore it together this Sunday from 7-9 pm.
And now, let's take a moment to close our eyes, set the watch if need be for a minute and breathe. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. In and out, focus on the sensation of breathing and just be here right now. Just for 60 seconds. ....................................................................
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How was that? How does your body feel right now? How does the mind feel? Reconnect with your hands and feet on the ground.
The last thing I will say about this teaching of the Buddha, is that it is also known as his "charter of free inquiry" and explicity discourages blind belief in anything while at the same time really doesn't advocate personal opinion as directing a path of practice. It's all about making wise choices.
With that said, I hope you will come to join me this Sunday to explore this amazing teaching together. It will be great to reconnect with you all once again. I will bring baby photos for all who are interested to look at during break or after our time together.
And finally, the piece de resistance............the most all encompassing form of spiritual practice that my daughter in Louisiana is fully engaged in, whether she likes it or not....................................VOila!!

Thanks for indulging me, much metta and good wishes for a fruitful rest of the week of practice,

Pauletta

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