Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher, 1999-2003. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.
The four qualities that, when well practiced, place us in the vicinity of nibbana.
These are not new or secret teachings! We are already practicing them when we are being mindful with dedication. This can be inspiring and also bring relief at the same time.
The Dharma transforms and ultimately uproots the unwholesome habits of mind allowing us to engage with life/the world from a place of love, compassion and wisdom.. this is the great gift we can give to the world.
A "wonderful and marvelous thing" happens when a Buddha begins to teach the dharma... people want to listen and come to understand life and how not to suffer.. By not biting the hook of the hindrances, this transformation from ignorance to wisdom is possible.
The Buddha said these 5 contemplations were important for everyone to reflect on frequently: ageing, illness, death, losing what is precious to us and the law of karma... Reflecting on them helps to diminish pride and strengthen our ability to let go.
Reflecting on our acts of giving gladdens the mind, and ultimately can take us to full liberation if we continue with practice!...
It also has the ability to transform our world on so many levels by diminishing greed and support sharing...sorely needed in this world.
The teaching of “no-self” often leads to the mind trying to figure it all out. Using the simile of the chariot this talk helps to turn the investigative mind, rather than the thinking mind, towards dispelling this wrong view of who we think we are. "I am NOT the decider."