How do we find the place between indulgence and self-mortification, between pride and shame? This talk explores the relationship between humility and the Middle Way, through personal stories, poetry and practical techniques such as working with fear, the hindrances and the RAIN practice.
How do we find depth, focus and support for an engaged path? And why do we need such a path? Aren't traditional Buddhist paths complete and adequate for our times? In this talk, we explore these issues, identifying 1) the structure of the traditional path of training in ethics, meditation, and wisdom; 2) what an engaged path adds or extends and the way that it meets the needs of our times; and 3) five core training areas for engaged paths.
We always hear about the life of the Buddha, but very few of us know that his
wife Yasodhara was the first and only person in the entire Buddhist canon to
say “no” to the Buddha, and the Buddha accepted.
This evening presentation will include a reshaping of Yasodhara’s story as
well as the personal story of Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni’s own journey to
become ordained, and her mother’s struggles to become the first ordained
nun in Thailand.
Tonight James continues his discussion of Verses on the Faith Mind by Sengstan (3rd Zen Patriarch of China), his favorite piece of dharma wisdom. This week one of the lines from the passage is the source of Joseph Goldstein’s book One Dharma.
"There is one Dharma not many; distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant."
Through practice we can glimpse a sense of the nature of awareness as something ever present and awesomely vast, and this sense can be cultivated as a profound resource for freedom and peace in our lives. But eventually we must see even beyond this to know the ultimate nature of the mind - empty, completely groundless, and dependently-arisen - a seeing which brings an even deeper freedom. This talk explores some of the ways this realization might be encouraged and developed in meditation.