Fri, 31 December 2010
Dear Friends on the Path,
Here is the teaching on 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.
Mon, 20 December 2010
Verse 5 of the 14 Verses on Meditation (Stopping and Deep Looking): To calm, to relax the body and mind
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
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.
Mon, 13 December 2010
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.
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.
Mon, 6 December 2010
Here is Sister Su Co Bich Nghiem's beautiful transmission on Verse 3.
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.
Mon, 29 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.