September 19, 2011

Practicing with Confusion this week - the 3rd Kilesa/Defilement/Poison/root of suffering

Hello Everyone,
May this find you well on this hot, sunny and beautiful Monday.

Attached, please find the official flyer on the grief workshops that we will be having for 5 Thursdays starting October 13th at Trinity Lutheran Church from 7-9 pm. If you are able to print a few and distribute them around town, Martha Kay and I would really appreciate it.

So for this week, reflect on the question, "How does confusion tend to create suffering in my life?" And remember that if after you are able to notice its presence by seeing it in the bodily sensations, just breathe, pause, and wait for more clarity to emerge before speaking or acting in haste out of the unskillful place of reactivity. You will be amazed that just by not reacting in quick, knee jerk fashion, how the problem may disappear altogether, someone may reveal something that was not known before that could help out the situation, or some other fortuitous occurrence could arise to shift things in a more positive direction.

The pot luck was great! We should plan another one in the future! A lot of you loved my banana curry dish, so here is the recipe: (It is from the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley when I used to frequent it while I was still searching for the Buddhist tradition that resonated the most with me. )

Serves 2-4 people (for the potluck I tripled the recipe)

2 lb bananas, preferably green ones
2T vegetable oil
1t turmeric
1/2 t cumin seeds
1t NaCl
1/8 t cayenne pepper
1 c yogurt
1 t curry powder
1T lemon juice (I was able to use Virginia's yummy Meyer lemons off her tree)

Peel the bananas and cut them into 1" slices. Heat the oil in a heavy pot or skillet, add the turmeric and cumin seeds, and fry for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the bananas, NaCl, and cayenne, stir (carefully, so the bananas do not disintegrate), and let simmer for 10 minutes on a low flame. Stir once or twice to prevent scorching.

Add the yogurt, curry powder, and lemon juice. Stir once and simmer for 5-7 more minutes. Be sure not to overcook, or the bananas will fall apart. Taste to correct seasoning.

The longest part of this recipe is slicing the bananas! Enjoy!

Pauletta_book_0630114.jpgMuch metta and gratitude for your practice, Pauleta

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