October 10, 2012

This Sunday at Alameda Sangha October 14 at BVUMC - Balancing the Fetter of Sensual Desire (Raga) with Generosity (Dana)

Hello Everyone,

It's been a while but I'm looking forward to seeing most of you this Sunday evening.

I will begin the evening with a Mind Training guided meditation on watching your thoughts come and go (seeing them as empty phenomena) and letting go of them. I think it will be a great exercise, not necessarily as pleasant as watching the breath can be, but equally iimportant to cultivate nevertheless. It will allow us to see that thoughts are not reality because we tend to layer them with our judgements, stories created, assumptions and expectations. The truth of the reality is in how we experience and intend one moment to the next.

Then, there will be a brief discussion after the stretch break on how the guided meditation on thoughts went for you. The dharma talk will start with a brief revisit of my last two talks on the Six Sense Spheres part 1 and 2 both recorded and online on the website if any of you would like to review it. The revisit will focus on what we talked about and worked on in the fetter of sensual desire. The crux of the talk will be on the wonderful quality of dana or generosity and how it is so accessible and easy to practice in daily life. For you old timers to the sangha, you may remember that Dana or generosity is the first of the ten Paramis or Perfections of the Heart and Mind that we practice in order to liberate ourselves and enable us to be compassionate in our spiritual practice towards ourselves and others. I will offer concrete activities to practice expressing dana in our daily lives and also speak some about the importance of being able to receive another's generosity mindfully and with appreciation. In the Buddhist teaching on Dana, it is important to be able to give without expecting anything in return. So this is an important piece in our cultivation of this wonderful Parami.

Hoping to see you there on Sunday,

with metta, Pauletta

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