Thu, 24 March 2011
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.
Supported by the Sangha Body
my practice flows easier,
allowing me to swiftly realize
my great determination to love and understand all beings.
With the support of the Sangha
one can practice successfully with ease
and accomplish quickly
the Great Aspiration to help all beings.
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?
Attend a local Sangha or start one!
The Three Refuges
The Four Recollections
Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself
Sat, 12 March 2011
Verse 13 of 14 on Meditation: Not discriminating between the practice offered by the Tathagata and that of the ancestral teachers
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.
Tue, 8 March 2011
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!
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.