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.
Compassion can show itself in a soft and quiet way, but it can also be quite fiery too. However it shows itself, at it's core is the deep resonance and understanding of suffering – and the wish to alleviate it.
The awakening of this first step on the path gives us the impetus to practice. As understanding grows through continued practice, ultimately we come to a place of unshakable faith – born out of tasting the Truth of the dharma.
"Sometimes we might think we are quite eqanimous, until something comes and disturbs that equanimity....
true equnimity is not based on having outer conditions a certain way, but is totally impartial to how things might be in any given moment. It comes about as the result of wsidom arising through diligent practice. "
We might think that it was easy for the Buddha on his journey to awakening....not so. The story of his life and how the path unfolded for him can reveal parallels that we might experience in our own practice - this can be both inspiring and reassuring to us
These four reflections on the precious human body, impermanence and death, the law of Karma and the round of Samsara support our practice by helping the mind turn towards the Dharma and away from our deeply habituated tendencies of greed, hatred and delusion.