2021-09 Introduction to Meditation: Why Would Anyone Watch the Mind?

2021-09 Introduction to Meditation: Why Would Anyone Watch the Mind?

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Week 1 – Sep 22: Introduction – Meditation as Liberation

Teaching – Meditation as Liberation

Guided Meditation – Using Sound as a Support (extracted from Session 01)

 


Week 2 – Sep 29: What Shamatha Practice Is, Guided Meditation, and Q&A

Teaching – What Shamatha Practice Is

Guided Meditation – Being Present to the Breath and the Body (extracted from Session 02)

 


Week 3 – Oct 6: Organic Awareness – Waking Up to Innate Wisdom

Chanting – Dissolving into Sound

Guided Meditation – Organic Awareness – Waking Up to Innate Wisdom (extracted from Session 03)

 


Week 4 – Oct 13: Varieties of Experience

Finding a Practice That Works for You

Guided Meditation – Waking Up to Innate Wisdom, The Three Naturals (extracted from Session 04)

Guided Meditation – Taking Refuge in a Field of Benefactors (extracted from Session 04)

Guided Meditation – Vipashyana-Insight form a Poem’s Pith Instructions (extracted from Session 04)

 


Week 5 – Oct 20:  Taking Difficulties Onto the Path

Bodhicitta and Taking Difficulties Onto the Path

Guided Meditation – Coming Into Present Awareness with Gratitude (extracted from Session 05)

Guided Meditation – Taking Difficulties Onto the Path with the Support of Benefactors (extracted from Session 05)

 


Week 6 – Oct 27:  Death Meditations

Death Meditations – Instructions on Dying

Guided Meditation – Taking Refuge in a Field of Benefactors

Guided Meditation – Instructions on Dying, from the Tibetan Book of the Dead (extracted from Session 06)

 


Additional Resources

Quote from 9/29/21 Meditation Course

"Meditation is about seeing clearly the body that we have, the mind that we have, the domestic situation that we have, the job that we have, and the people who are in our lives. It’s about seeing how we react to all these things."


Links and Quote from: 10/6/21

 The Adhan (Call to Prayer) 

Gregorian Chants from St. Cecilia’s Abbey 

Om Mani Padme Hum Chant

Quote from Pema Chodron on the essential attitude for practice:

"Meditation is about seeing clearly the body that we have, the mind that we have, the domestic situation that we have, the job that we have, and the people who are in our lives.

It’s about seeing how we react to all these things. It’s seeing our emotions and thoughts just as they are right now, in this very moment, in this very room, on this very seat.

It’s about not trying to make them go away, not trying to become better, but just seeing clearly with precision and gentleness….

Actually, the desire to change is fundamentally a form of aggression toward oneself.”

 


 

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