Lately, my own practice is moving more and more into the monastic world. As I teach out of that nourishment, I find people hungry for the traditional, solid forms of the Dharma. I see people's lives changing when they engage in these forms. Certainly, as I deepen my own Sutta study, I find the traditional ideas so helpful it encourages me to delve further.
In this, I am learning how to ride the edge of a question, instead of reaching for answers. When I let the question hang there, as a living presence, its very aliveness stimulates movement toward an answer, an opening.
Some key factors imprint my teaching. The fact that I'm a purely Western-produced Dharma teacher, without the influence of Eastern traveling, and that I'm a middle-aged Western woman with a psychological background. Also, my years in a Christian practice now translate into my engagement with such ideas as embodiment: how do we take the practice and live it? What is practical in the Dharma, a sort of Buddhist Householder Hints.
From my perspective, the world is in serious trouble. We have separated ourselves from all other beings, and in the process do a lot that keeps us from being present. It is so urgent that we learn to be present and see what is true about our being here, that we live with kindness and compassion for all beings. Vipassana supports these intentions and helps us all heal, no matter what the eventual outcome may be.
Founding Teacher Mary Grace Orr and current Guiding Teacher Bob Stahl lead a celebration of Insight Santa Cruz's community for the center's 30th year anniversary. Joined by fellow Teachers Carla Brennen, Gil Fronsdal, Jason Murphy Pedilla, Marcy Reynolds. This recording includes silent sitting, brief dharma talks / shares by each of the leading teachers, and community members sharing about what ISC has meant for different people.
"This [was] a very special event to honor our Sangha. How special that we have been supported all these years through the generosity of our community and never charged a single cent! How wonderful to have served the Dhamma to thousands of people through the years." - Bob Stahl
"The gift of Dhamma, excels all other gifts". - The Dhammapada