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There were fruitful contributions from the whole group and we will continue on our exploration of the Satipatthana Sutra and it implications. We have realised that the sutra is so rich and useful, that we will only really finish with the sutra when samsara has been completely purified, which will probably not be this month.
We have been studying the Satipatthana Sutra from many different angles during the Day Retreats for several months, now, and it continues to provide insight and inspiration.
The Satipatthana Sutra has a wealth of instructions on the cultivation of awareness in all activities. Whatever we experience, that can be included in our spiritual practice. We always have this wonderful opportunity of spiritual growth, during good times and bad.
Continuing the momentum created by last year’s study of the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, we shall look more closely at mindfulness of feeling (liking and disliking) and mindfulness of mind states.
Before doing so, we shall use mindfulness of the body and breath as our access points to cultivating mindful awareness. Then we shall bring our attention and awareness to pleasant and unpleasant feelings, exploring the event-horizon between those feelings and the arising of aversion and attachment towards such feelings. In doing so we shall also explore the Three Marks of Existence (impermanence, suffering, not-self) in relation to our aversion and grasping at phenomena and that which experiences them, helping deepen our insight into the nature of reality and how the “self” exists.
Following on from this we will bring mindful awareness to various mind states and explore the three methods of abandoning, transforming and seeing the true nature of them, as different skilful means for working with our kleshas or “mind poisons” …
The samsaric state of mind is always chasing after happiness and running away from suffering, which despite our best efforts get us no where but going in perpetual circles, chasing our tails. Practice on the Buddhist path subverts this tendency by mindfully turning towards and relating to all of life's experiences with more wisdom and kindness, courageously. In this way every experience, whether ordinarily labelled pleasant or unpleasant, when met with awareness and kindness are transformed on the spot into opportunities for wakefulness, providing us with glimpses of freedom and ultimately when all those glimpses begin to join up, the great sanity which is Buddhahood.
We will look specifically at mental afflictions (‘kleshas’). How do we create and perpetuate samsara (obscured & painful habitual existence)? How does this relate to the four noble truths?
Then we will look at what our attitude can be to attain wisdom and insight. How can we use our afflictions to gain liberation?
Bodhicharya London is under the guidance of Ringu Tulku. We have been doing stimulating monthly day retreats at the Helios Centre for some time now. Some meditation sessions will be guided.
We do a number of meditation sessions interspersed with the discussions and breaks for lunch, tea and biscuits. By the end of the day, we will have done about three hours of meditation in total. Beginners are very welcome.
HELIOS, 116 Judd Street WC1H 9NS, near St. Pancras Station; map
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The suggested voluntary donation is £20 for the day and the venue. If you can’t afford it, you can give a smaller amount (just mention this to the group guide). We have two optional additional collections. One collection is for either Ringu Tulku or the Rigul Trust, and one for the retreat guide.
We usually have lunch nearby for about £6, if you would like to join us.
We are saving money for future projects (for example our visiting teachers), so if you give more, it helps us fund these. You can also become a member, or make an additional donation on the the day or direct to our bank account.
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