Sunday, January 19th, 2014: Audio Talk

During the next meeting of our Sunday Sangha, our discussion is going to centre around this talk by Mark Coleman. The talk continues, broadens, and deepens our discussion of the quality and practice of metta (loving-kindness). More specifically, the speaker discusses many of the internal obstacles that come up during the practice and gives some suggestions on how we might handle them with care.

Sometimes the obstacles are described as hindrances, which in the framework of the Buddha’s teachings has a specific meaning. There are five basic hindrances:

  1. Grasping/craving (wanting what is not present)
  2. Hatred/aversion (not wanting what is present)
  3. Restlessness (unbalanced energy in the too much direction)
  4. Sloth/Torpor (unbalanced energy in the too little direction)
  5. Doubt (in yourself or in the teachings or the practice)

As always, what we are trying to do on and off the cushion is not to avoid the hindrances (as that would be another example of Hindrance 1 & 2) but to notice them for what they are and escape/avoid being caught in them.

The speaker’s points, while presented in the context of a metta-focused meditation retreat, are applicable to any meditation practice.

Listen and enjoy. See you Sunday,


Giving Moments

Stumbled across this website/campaign – it put me in the mind of our discussion on cultivating gratitude by writing down good things when it happens.

Giving Moments is like that… but for a ‘nation’ rather than the ‘individual’ 🙂

Check it out! 

From the website…

“Every Canadian has something to give, whether it’s big or small. Opportunities to give are all around us, every day. We call them “Giving Moments”. The more we act on them, the better and more caring Canada will become.

My Giving Moment will help more Canadians discover what they have to give. It will inspire millions of us to say, “Hey, I’m going to do that!” And we’ll have a stronger, more compassionate nation that we can all be proud of – a nation that values helping others and giving back to the community.”

Reteach a thing it’s lovliness

The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing

Galway Kinnell

*SUNDAY* January 12, 2014: Reading Chapters

Hi Sangha!

For Sunday please read up to the end of the Wise Mindfulness section (through to page 134) in Sylvia Boorstein’s Happiness is an Inside Job.

Its been a few weeks with the holidays since we picked up the book; I encourage you to take a bit of extra time and refresh your memory of the first few chapters of the Wise Mindfulness section.

Hoping you are all warm and well,