Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher, 1999-2003. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.
what is "the deathless?" The range of words sometimes used to express the end of suffering found in the suttas. The way different traditions and interpretations by different teachers might be used to express the end of suffering(or moments thereof).. It is good for us to familiarize ourselves with these phrases/words like: Nibbana, the unconditioned and so on - to avoid the "deer in the head lights" syndrome.
The hindrance of doubt brings about so much suffering and is the most difficult of all to see through, since it appears so true when it sneaks into the mind as a truism... but in fact, skeptical doubt is only a another impermanent arising..
This talk explores the relaxed, inclusive attitude of mind so necessary to help diminish the tendency to overreach and strive in our practice, allowing us to taste the simplicity of the moment, as it is - wherever we may be in life.
The Buddha did not ever, in all the his eons of practice, tell a deliberate lie. The base line for our practice to progress is Truthfulness - it is the very foundation upon which the practice unfolds towards ultimate Truth.
Truthfulness also plays an important role in the world - bringing a sense of trust and respect into our lives, if it is present.