This talk explores three essential qualities of awareness: the precision and brightness of moment-to-moment connection, the investigation of experience through Curiousity, and the allowing of things to unfold with Care. These aspects, which in free translation correspond with the qualities of Samatha, Vipassana and Metta are shown to be both qualities we can cultivate, and the natural orientation of the truly meditative mind.
Dharma, Sangha and Buddha - In Buddhism there are three, interdependent gateways to freedom. Called refuges, they are the expressions of truth that carry us home to the essence of what we are. These two talks investigate the way we take "false refuge"--habitual ways of trying to control experience--and the profound happiness and peace in discovering true refuge.
The hindrance of restlessness and remorse is a fundamental hindrance out of which the other hindrances can arise. The importance of becoming familiar with restlessness, to see or understand its nature, is discussed. Through having a clear understanding of how it arises in the mind and in the body one can work with its various manifestations in practice.
This talk elucidates the Buddha's teaching on Sattipattana - mindfulness of Body - what is mindfulness, what is its function, and how it illuminates the understanding of suffering, impermanence and selflessness.