Sun, 28 November 2010
What a great fortune to have been born a human, to be in harmony with others, and to have a chance to take this wonderful course! The second session is offered to us by Thay Phap Hai and is rich with insights into our beautiful practice.
The Second Verse:
Stopping (Shamatha) means to be still
In order to recognize, to be in contact,
To nourish, to heal,
To calm, to soothe, and to refocus the mind.
Thay offers us a guided meditation, an introduction to the five hindrances, and three means to plunge ourselves into the cool water of the present moment.
The reading materials for this class are available on the Deer Park Monastery website at www.deerparkmonastery.org
May all enjoy calm abiding in the present moment during the week ahead.
Sun, 21 November 2010
The 3-month Winter Rains Retreat began today at Deer Park. Also, today this course on the Fourteen Verses on Meditation course held its first class. A group of around 30 people have joined together to be taught by Thay Phap Hai, Thay Phap Ho, and Su Co Bich Nghiem and we have all committed to following the course during the coming 14 weeks. We hope that you will join us online. In this way you can join us in our study, reflection and practice when and where it is suitable for you. The text material for the respective classes and the outline of the course can be found on this website under Teachings, Fourteen Verses on Meditation here: http://www.deerparkmonastery.org/teachings/fourteen-verses-on-meditation-course-nov-21-2010-feb-20-2011 or go to http://www.deerparkmonastery.org
First Verse on Meditation: Just as a bird has two wings, the practice of meditation has "stopping" and "deep looking." The two wings depend on each other. Stopping and deep looking go in tandem.
The Podcast team will do our best to put the recording online as soon as we can after the class. Because we want to keep up with the class, these podcasts will not have the usual introductions so we hope that is acceptable.
May we all enjoy our stopping and looking together during this winter reflection time.