The Diamond Sutra, possibly the oldest text on deep ecology, teaches that there are four notions that separate us from life that we must throw away: the concepts of self, lifespan, humans, and living beings. In this session we will learn practices that enable us to go beyond this limited perception of reality to touch how interconnected with all life we are. Touching this interbeing, we can experience deep reverence for life and the earth, accepting that whatever we do to the earth (or any living being) we are really doing to ourselves.
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Can love reveal ultimate reality?
December 19, 2021
We know the cost to the reality of life through deprivation of love.
Science has eliminated love from its analysis of reality.
We cannot know ultimate reality though highlighting the mind and dismissing the heart or vice-versa.
The Buddha made frequent reference to metta with its three-fold application of deep love, kindness or friendship.
This talk will explore the relationship of love to ultimate reality.
Beyond Distraction: Five Practical Ways to Focus the Mind
April 24, 2022
Shaila will be sharing teachings from her new book, Beyond Distraction. This talk will introduce five pragmatic strategies to help you overcome distraction in meditation and develop clarity in relationships, work, and daily life. The strategies are: replacing, examining, ignoring, investigating, and resolving. You can learn to unlock the incredible capacities of your mind to think…
Daily Meditation Recordings, with Nathan Glyde – Week of May 23, 2022
This week’s topic is An Enigma Inside A Mystery. We typically freeze in amazement or feverishly search for causes when we suffer dukkha (life’s tension). We’ve probably all experienced how these reactions exacerbate the problem. The Buddha taught that dukkha is a puzzle that can be solved: it doesn’t have to be a mystery. We can learn the resolution that brings us from bewilderment to marvellous release by paying quiet attention to the pattern of the difficulty.
Touching the Earth: Turning the Mind to the Roots
April 10, 2022
During this session we discuss the teaching on ‘wisely directing one’s attention to the roots’ (yoniso manasikāra). It is a remarkably pragmatic approach to contemplative practice and one of Early Buddhism’s unique contributions to the human emancipatory effort from suffering.
How awareness frees: Vitaka Vicara Viveka
January 21, 2018
Worldwide Insight Founding teacher Martin Aylward returns to lead his first class of the year. Martin looks at how different elements of attention can meet, explore and hold experience, allowing for insight, spaciousness and increasing freeness in the midst of experience.
Daily Meditation Recordings, with Caverly Morgan – Week of June 8
We’re very grateful to have Caverly Morgan hosting our Daily Meditation Series for North America. To find out more about Caverly, and to view her past recordings and contributions to Sangha Live, click here. Monday, June 8 Hope is the light of possibility, part 1 Wednesday, June 10 Remembrance: light becomes what it touches Friday,…
Being a Bodhisattva
October 6, 2019
What is this incredible archetype? How does it show up in Buddhist history and teachings? How is it relevant to our current times? This talk will explore the idea of beings who commit to waking up in order to respond to the suffering of the world. And might we be one? Or want to?
How to be an Earthling
March 14, 2021
During this session we will use mindfulness meditation to explore our nature as nature, helping us to become more at ease and accepting of our lives and our place in the scheme of things.
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