October 1, 2014

Sources of Our Usual Responses to Difficulty, this Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Alameda Sangha



Dear Ones,

Please contemplate on this passage from the Culatanhasankhaya Sutta or the Shorter Discourse on the Destruction of Craving from the Pali Canon before coming on Sunday.

'Venerable Sir, how in brief is a bhikku liberated in the destruction of craving, one who has reached the ultimate end, the ultimate security from bondage, the ultimate holy life, the ultimate goal, one who is foremost among gods and humans?
Here, ruler of gods, a bhikku has heard that nothing is worth adhering to. When a bhikku has heard that nothing is worth adhering to, he directly knows everything; having directly known everything, he fully understands everything; having fully understood everything, whatever feeling he feels, whether pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, he abides contemplating impermanence in those feelings, contemplating fading away, contemplating cessation, contemplating relinquishment.

Contemplating thus, he does not cling to anything in the world. When he does not cling, he is not agitated. When he is not agitated, he personally attains Nibbana. He understands: Birth is destroyed, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more coming to any state of being. Briefly, it is n this way, ruler of gods, that a bhikkhu is liberated in the destruction of craving, one who has reached the ultimate end, the ultimate security from bondage, the ultimate holy life, the ultimate goal, one who is foremost among gods and humans."

You got it! The sources of our usual responses (conditioned) to difficulty has its inception in grasping, clinging, attachment and identification. Come and learn how to stop the cycle of samsara! It will be a worthwhile exploration.

Here is the link to the beautiful chant on the Reflections on Sharing the Blessings when we end the evening together, of practice. IT is also located on the Resources page of the Alameda Sangha website (see link below)

http://saranaloka.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/chanting-book-33.pdf

Do not forget about our picnic at the park near the church on Sunday October 12 at 530 pm. Please bring real plates and silverware to avoid adding more stress to our mother earth when we dispose of so many paper plates and plastic forks and spoons! Vegetarian dishes and non alcoholic beverages are appreciated!

Looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday!

with metta, Pauletta

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