Dear Friends

After 14 weeks, we have come to our last verse.  We hope you have enjoyed this course.  We hope you will offer your thoughts and comments, especially how this course has helped deepen your practice.  

Verse 14

Supported by the Sangha Body

my practice flows easier,

allowing me to swiftly realize

my great determination to love and understand all beings.

Alternate Translation:

With the support of the Sangha

one can practice successfully with ease

and accomplish quickly

the Great Aspiration to help all beings.

Reflection Questions:

What do I rely on and take refuge in?

Who is my Sangha?

What supports me in the practice of awareness?

What is my deep aspiration in life?

Practices:

Attend a local Sangha or start one!

Readings

The Three Refuges

The Four Recollections

Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself

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Verse 13  

Not Discriminating

Between the practice offered by the Tathagata and that of the ancestral teachers,

the Four Noble Truths perfectly interwoven

should serve as the foundation of an authentic transmission.

 

Thay Phap Hai offers a deep class today reminding us that the universe has a way of teaching us the lesson we are ready to learn.  We alsways want to ask, "How does this teaching help me to transform?"  If it doesn't it is not the right teaching at this time.  The dharma should be immediately useful and effective.

The reflections for this week are:

What is my experience of giving and receiving?

Is it easier for me to give or to receive?

Why do I think this is?

Enjoy this wonderful class.

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Dear Friends

Sorry for the long delay in posting this class.  Our podcast limits were exceeded but we should be able to post more now.

Enjoy bathing in the stream!

Verse 12

The Mahayana sutras and teachings

open many fresh, wide gateways

allowing me to enter the depths of the stream of meditation

flowing from the Original Source of the Buddha's teachings.

 

 

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Hi Friends

Here is Verse 11

The basic meditation sutras,

such as the Full Awareness of Breathing and the Four Establishments of Mindfulness,

show us step by step,

how to transform the body and the mind.

We are encouraged to focus on one set of 4 exercises from the Discourse on Full Awareness of Breathing during our daily sitting meditation.

We can also look deeply to reflect on 

What is suffering in by body and mind?

What noursihes these sufferings?

What can help heal these sufferings?

Please enjoy this beautiful teaching.

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Dear Friends

We are so happy and thankful to Thay Phap Hai for this beautiful teaching.  The readings are also a wonderful reminder how much all of us non-monastics owe Anathapindika.  He is the one who, on his deathbed, shared with the sangha that us laypeople could understand the deep teachings of the dharma.  Let us live in such a way as to be worthy of his confidence.

Verse 10:

 

Nirvana is non-attainment

Sudden or gradual enlightenment are not different.

True realization is to live in freedom

right now in this moment.

 

Reflection Questions:

1) Do I notice times when I feel the need to be right? How does this manifest in thought, word and action?

2) What situations do I notice more of a push to be right, or to prove my point? How does this feel in my body? In my mind?

3) If I can sit with that experience, am I able to discover anything underneath?

 

Readings:  Discourse on Teachings to be Given to the Sick

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Dear Virtual Study Group

We apologize for the delay in posting.  We are only able to upload 250 MB a month so when we exceed our limit we have to wait a bit.  We hope you will understand as the podcast is run on donations and volunteer time.

Here is Verse 9:

Emptiness, signlessness, and aimlessness

liberate me from suffering,

so that in my daily practice

I am not caught in mere intellectual understanding.

Our Sister reminds us that we can learn to let go, that we already have everything we need inside of us.  We can stop running, stop aiming, and make use of what we already have.

A good reflection is to look at our life right now and find out what is making us feel not free.  

This beautiful sharing is closed with the deep insight, "Thank you for allowing myself to see myself more."

 Enjoy

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Dear Friends

Tonight, we are introduced to the concepts that can, with practice, become our reality.  Thay Phap Hai reminds us that intellectual understanding is not one with wisdom and that whatever we learn we always have to ask 'how does this apply in my life?'  We also are introduced to interdependent co-arising which is at the core of the buddhist teaching. This is, because that is.

Verse 8

Impermanence is one with nonself.

Nonself is one with interdependent origination,

is one with emptiness, is one with conventional designation,

is one with the middle way, is one with interbeing.

Please enjoy this very deep teaching on Verse 8

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Dear Thay, Dear Sangha

Tonight's teaching is on the 7th Verse.  Thay Phap Ho shares that we can be aware that our happiness depends on my mindful attitude and not external conditions.  We review the 4 recollections and we are encouraged to seek to recognize what is bringing happiness and joy to our lives.  The Mindfulness Trainings are discussed and we can see that if we are practicing and living according to the Mindfulness Trainings we are at peace because we are not regretting anything.

Verse 7

To dwell in the present moment,

to transform all habit energies,

to give rise to understanding,

liberating ourselves from all afflictions.

The additional practice of a Minute Meditation is introduced as a means to slow down when we see that we are being carried away.  Slowing down is a compassionate teaching.

We hope you enjoy this beautiful talk

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Dear Friends on the Path,

Here is the teaching on Verse 6.

Verse 6

Looking deeply into the heart of reality

to see the true nature of things,

practicing vipashyana enables me to let go

of everything I am searching for, my desires, and my fears.

Our sister shares the teaching with us that the practice is to be closer to our hearts. The more I know myself, the more I can connect with what is outside.

There are some wonderful suggestions for reflections that we can all benefit from too for the new year.

Reflections:  Ending a year and starting a new:

- what nourishment did 2010 offer

- what were the challenges

- how do I aspire to continue

Happy New Year Everyone!!  May your year be filled with peace and stability of living in the Present Moment.

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Dear Friends

Tonight's wonderful class provides many insights into why we meditate and how we can better be masters of our own practice.  Here is the link for the materials http://www.deerparkmonastery.org/teachings/fourteen-verses-on-meditation-course-nov-21-2010-feb-20-2011

Verse 5:

To calm, to relax the body and mind.

To nourish, to heal, 

to protect the 6 senses,

and to maintain right concentration.

This week's homework also includes the wonderful, restful practice of Deep Relaxation--perfect for those of you entering the holidays....what a gift for yourself and the ones you love!

May you and your family be well. 

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Dear Classmates on the Path

Tonight's transmission is on the 4th Verse.  We begin the podcast after those present in the class all shared how our practice was progressing with each other.  Maybe you, too, would like to reflect how your practice has been going for you.

4th Verse:

My breathing and my steps

Enable me to generate the energy of mindfulness,

So that I can recognize and touch

the wonders of life within and around me.

Our teacher, Thay Phap Hai, reminds us that stopping and calm abiding allow us to uncover what is already there. We also will benefit if we can ask, 'We're stopping what?'

Another wonderful practice that our teacher urges us to try this week is 'Lazy Hour'.

Enjoy your breath this week--and your laziness.

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Dear Friends

Here is Sister Su Co Bich Nghiem's beautiful transmission on Verse 3.

Third Verse:

The practice of Vipashyana is to Look Deeply

into the nature of the five skandas

so that I may develop understanding

and transform suffering.

 

In this sharing, our sister encourages us to "Give yourself time to be with yourself more so that you can know yourself more.  So that we can better know ways to care for ourselves."

Enjoy your week of beautiful breathing.

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Dear Friends

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. 

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Dear Friends

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.

 

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