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.
We look at various permutations of views and opinions in this talk –
Pointing fingers at others, we miss the fact that we are simply caught in our views and opinions. I am better than you... I am worse than you... all opinions and comparisons that keep us living in a very small world of delusion when mindfulness is not present - we don't see them as impermanent, impersonal arisings in the mind.
Because there are many different styles of teaching related to concentration, this sometimes leads to doubt in our own practice. The intention in discussing this topic is to call forth a common sense, broader perspective on what this important quality is and how it fits into the practice.
Seeing the Noble Eight Fold Path within life shows us that the dharma is always available to us, when we recognize its presence. If we do, confidence prevails....we know that we can live the dharma in each moment, no matter what may be happening.
Gratitude comes when we appreciate life as a gift from which we can learn, discover
and come to understand the Truth of existence. Seeing the scope of the
Buddhadharma allows for gratitude to come to the fore... because we see that the teachings work...oh joy!
A short explanation and guided meditation on forgiveness practice..
Let it take the time that it needs... no forcing, no have to... We can tap in to that aspiration to forgive at some stage - so that the heart is open and willing, but may not be ready yet.