September 27, 2012

Sunday, Sept. 30 - Yoga at 6pm and then Right Livelihood

Hi everyone,

This week Dina will be offering yoga beginning at 6pm. Please bring a yoga mat and any blankets or props that you need to be comfortable.

The topic for the group after yoga will be right livelihood. Last week I brought up my concern with using the term "right" in terms of formal meditation practice, and now this week we can further investigate what that means for us in a different context. In general, the word that is being translated here could be understood as "doing something well, rightly, perfectly, etc."

Right livelihood is one of the eight factors of the Noble Eightfold Path, which is the standard description of the approach to life in Buddhism. I have found that this aspect, of how we make a living and spend a good portion of our lives, is a great area for discussion about how dharma practice pervades our lives; especially when we can discuss with others who are struggling, or thriving, with the same dilemma. How do we make a living and sustain our lives with awareness, compassion, and wisdom?

I hope to see many of you this Sunday.

With peace,

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