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.
Many different words are used to support the development of wise effort.. Getting in touch with the nuances of this quality help us to not over effort or under effort - this comes with the willingness to explore what is most helpful for us in any moment.
The Buddha’s teaching on self examination is a helpful tool to support the strengthening of wholesome qualities and the diminishes of the unwholesome ones. By means of the 4 R’s this talk offers ways to keep the practice alive in daily life.
How can we not become reactive in the thick of difficult states of mind, events, relationships and situations that unfold in life? By inclining the mind towards equanimity through the growing understanding that we are not in control… things are constantly changing.. We learn to sit steady in the saddle in the midst of life's ups and downs..
We look at various permutations of views and opinions in this talk –
Pointing fingers at others, we miss the fact that we are simply caught in our views and opinions. I am better than you... I am worse than you... all opinions and comparisons that keep us living in a very small world of delusion when mindfulness is not present - we don't see them as impermanent, impersonal arisings in the mind.
Because there are many different styles of teaching related to concentration, this sometimes leads to doubt in our own practice. The intention in discussing this topic is to call forth a common sense, broader perspective on what this important quality is and how it fits into the practice.
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..