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.
There are many aspects to consider when practicing generosity - not least of all its far reaching effect. It is helpful to know what these aspects are so as not to limit the power of the act of giving.
The boundless heart of loving kindness is a journey - revealing our limitations and misunderstanding of this beautiful quality of heart...until we come to taste it in it's purity... this comes with practice.
At first our practice is for ourselves alone...but as wisdom begins to unfold through reflection and practice, we come to understand that all beings are in the same predicament that we are - suffering and wanting to be happy. Thus we can do our practice for the benefit of all beings. This becomes the natural response to our suffering world.
Of all of the vastness of the Buddha's understanding, he summed up the essence of his discovery with just these 4 truths - which are not meant to be an intellectual understanding, rather we need to see them manifest directly....in all areas of our lives. In this way our lives are onward leading towards freedom.