One of the pervasive expressions of trance is identifying with a limited and separate sense of self. This talk contrasts the self-trance to our intrinsically open, awake and loving awareness. We then explore how the mindfulness and self-compassion in the RAIN practice can directly dissolve trance and reconnect us to our true nature.
We explore the shared heart of the approaches of Buddhist practice and of the life and work of Dr. King (playing a recording of Dr. King reading "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"), pointing to how their integration is crucial to respond to the needs of our times.
Involuntary and voluntary attention – attention vs. mindfulness – the notion of embodiment – pleasure and discomfort and the training of a deliberate attentional relationship. Followed by experiential exercise: Three dimensions of bodily awareness
Adhiṭṭhāna parami, determination, is the driving force behind our practice. It’s like an anchor that keeps us centered and focused as the Dhamma reveals itself ... as we learn about self-view, karma, and dukkha … and it has the capacity to carry us all the way to freedom.
This course examines the Buddha’s teachings on: mindfulness, investigation, energy, rapture, tranquility, stability of mind, and equanimity. It is the development and balancing of these seven wholesome factors that set in motion insight and the release from all grasping and stress.
Here are three study resources to use as you wish, including the passage that I read from last night: