The Four Noble Truths
November 02: Overview of the Four Noble Truths
Primary emphasis is upon suffering and release from it; The experience of dukkha, is unavoidable, isn’t it? There is a proposed path of practice to address this. NOTE: Our new teaching series began in September with “The Holding Environment: How to Set Up Your Meditation Practice”. To view the beginning of the series, go to the ‘Daily Sit’ page on our website and click on September to start the journey.
November 26: The Cause of Suffering is to be Seen, Felt, and Known
Can you see YOU and your preferences and reactions? Can you FEEL the push-pull-holding on around Your Preferences and the YOU that is identified with them? Can you get the subject-object relationship and the “grip” of energy that keeps this attachment alive? This dynamic is the cause of suffering.
November 27: The Second Noble Truth & the Fabled Thanksgiving Celebration
Look at causal links of suffering; cause and effect. See craving, see the self rise up and go after what it wants...in the name of a lot of things, with mixed results as an end. Feel it. The gift that mindfulness offers is a path that leads out of suffering, but, as with other spiritual traditions, the path necessarily leads us through suffering, through the “dark night of the soul”, to get to the promised land of peace.
December 03: Orienting Attention
When setting up the practice of mindfulness the instruction reads, “...set mindfulness to fore”, not your own perspective. Shift out of “your view” and into “a non-judgemental, non-self referential posture of caring attention to the experience of well benign right now, in the present moment”.