Come and explore with me the tools and techniques that the Buddha himself has offered to us as aids to recognize the habits of the mind. Meditation practice moves us into stillness that we may never have known before to really help us see the patterns that we tend to adopt as ways in which we interact with our world in daily life.
The practice helps us differentiate between wholesome and unwholesome mind states, learning how not to buy into the unwholesome and unskillful thoughts, ideas and movements and how to appreciate and take note of when we are abiding in wholesome mind states. Some time will be spent in learning how to work with ongoing anxiety that arises and ceases in our daily lives as well as other real time examples common to all with tools on how to be with the dukkha and at the same time nurture and nourish ourselves so that we don't feel a victim to the temporary and constantly changing phenomena that meet our senses.
Hoping that the evening will be enlightening to all!
This Sunday we'll be looking at how suffering gives way to the unfolding of liberation and well-being, especially the movement from afflictive emotions to the states of mind and heart known as the Divine Abodes. These four facets of love were taught by the Buddha as antidotes to anger and fear.
We will explore how lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity work together to bring freedom to heart and mind. No matter what our physical or mental state, it is possible to hold ourselves, and others, with love and care and move into greater ease.
Looking forward to practicing together with you. sending warmth,
What is the heart's deepest desire? When I think of all the things we human beings want, it seems like an artichoke. Every leaf has its tasty little bit at the bottom of some tough foliage. You go around the artichoke and keep going deeper as you eat, one layer of desires revealing another, each layer with slightly bigger tasty bits and softer petals. And eventually, you arrive at the heart, with its spiny core almost hiding the biggest, softest, most satisfying bit.
Every now and then I can settle into a clear awareness of what's beneath all those tough leaves of wants, and recognize the deepest desire in my heart. What's in yours? This Sunday, 7-8:30, we'll take a look at the desires that propel us through life, and this sweet central guide we so often don't heed. Bring your stories and your friends.
As many of you know, a member of our Sangha, David Borglum, is very ill with cancer. Pauletta, Rebecca and I have been sitting with him weekly on Friday mornings at his home on Bay Farm Island. David has asked me to extend an invitation to the larger Sangha to anyone who wants to come and sit with us on Friday mornings at 10. He envisions this being kind of an Alameda Sangha extension, and happening every week, starting June 13th (he is on retreat this week).
David's townhouse has a small patio which could use some tender attention in the form of weeding and bush pruning. If you are willing to donate an hour or two for gardening, probably after sitting on the 13th, that would be a great boon. If you are interested in either the sitting or the 'garden party' on the 13th, please contact me and I will give you the details. If you are new to the sangha, please use the contact form on the our website here.
After nine days on retreat, I'll be talking this Sunday, June 8, about Exploring Inner Space. As we usually do when we begin to meditate, I'll use the dharma's lists of factors to bring my attention to the present moment, and then go where my practice leads. I'm writing this before leaving for the retreat, so I can't predict where it will take me. This Sunday (the day after I get back) we will consider together what our explorations of the mind's inner space reveal, as interpreted by the Buddha's teachings.
Please join me and bring a friend for an evening of deep exploration into our own possibilities.