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.
When we are not mindful that one of the hindrances is dragging us around by the nose...we suffer... As soon as mindfulness is present, this is our opportunity for freedom from them... We are no longer at their mercy when we understand their nature.. Impermanent "clouds" blowing through the mind - they have no power over us.
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."
This talk fleshes out the meaning of mindfulness using a range of words to capture the flavor of this quality. We touch on the skillful use of the different anchors(body, breath, sound) to support steadiness of mind, and then let them go to include all 6 sense doors.
A short explanation on how to work with this practice using phrases that support the inclining the mind towards the developing of equanimity.
Q and A at the end discussing the difficulties that can come up for us as we work with this reflection.
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.