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.
Our sneaky friend Mara, “The Tempter” needs to be seen in all his guises so that he doesn't fool us. This talk looks at the 10 Armies of Mara that might be operating at any time when we are not being mindful.
Do we have an aspiration in our practice? This quality plays an important role in keeping our practice alive, especially as we touch the truth that all beings are suffering - our aspiration becomes motivated by compassion for all beings.
At first our practice is for ourselves alone...but as wisdom begins to unfold through reflection and practice, we come to understand that all beings are in the same predicament that we are - suffering and wanting to be happy. Thus we can do our practice for the benefit of all beings. This becomes the natural response to our suffering world.
The skillful means for working with these difficult states of mind(emotions) vary from person to person and even day to day, depending on what is appropriate NOW. This talk looks at ways to develop a gently intuitive attitude of mind to support letting be with what is, revealing the true nature of these emotions. Includes the support of Bodhicitta attitude.
In one way or another all of the Buddha's teachings point towards letting go... other words with the same meaning are: renunciation, abandoning, reliquishing or giving up... This talk is about the what, why, where and when of letting go..
How these 3 defilements of mind - greed, hatred and delusion - show themselves in formal practice and in our daily lives – and how to work with them so as not to be caught in their grip.. thus supporting ourselves towards complete freedom.