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.
Do we have an aspiration in our practice? The Buddha tells us that the quality of aspiration plays an important role in keeping our practice alive and moving in the direction of freedom. This talk looks at the meaning of this quality and how it shows itself as our practice unfolds over time.
Seeing the Noble Eight Fold Path within life shows us that the dharma is always available to us, when we recognize its presence. If we do, confidence prevails....we know that we can live the dharma in each moment, no matter what may be happening.
Gratitude comes when we appreciate life as a gift from which we can learn, discover
and come to understand the Truth of existence. Seeing the scope of the
Buddhadharma allows for gratitude to come to the fore... because we see that the teachings work...oh joy!
We can get caught up in speculating on karma which is something the Buddha tells us in not helpful and will make us “mad”. The most helpful way to work with karma is to see it in each moment by noticing the suffering and end of suffering dependent on whether we are grasping or meeting the moment with wisdom.
The precepts are a rich area to work with. This talk looks at the many aspects of practice that they bring to the fore... Not merely knowing what they precepts are, but contemplating them in an immediate way in our lives.
Life presents us with the challenge of living from a place of wisdom and therefore true happiness, rather than from delusion and its corresponding suffering. As we cultivate wisdom by means of mindfulness, understanding begins to dawn - we come to live life with a wise and loving heart.