The fruit of meditation is not a life that has no challenges or problems; they just come with the human condition. We all have a body that is subject to ageing and dissipation and we cannot ultimately control the choices of others … but what practice can give us is a mind that can navigate through anything with a delicious poise and equanimity. We can gradually train ourselves to engage with the comings and goings of life with a free and happy heart ………… and it all begins on the meditation cushions
Here’s some gold from French Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard as he talks about meditation:
“Sooner or later you will wander into a state of distraction accompanied by a lot of thoughts, into a vague sleepy state or even a combination of both, that is, into a state of confusion marked by erratic thought associations. It is at this point that vigilance has to applied. As soon as you notice that you have lost your concentration, just resume it, without adding to your distraction by feelings of regret or guilt. Noticing that you have been distracted already marks the return of your mindfulness. Just come back to the breath, like a butterfly coming back to a flower after having fluttered around here and there for no apparent reason.
When thoughts appear, don’t try to block them, which is not possible anyway because they are already there. Just avoid feeding them. Let them pass through the field of your awareness the way a bird passes through the sky without leaving a trace.”
Hope you can come along and practice with us:
Thursday 7 – 8.30 pm
Sunday 8 – 9 am
Dharmalata and Padmadakini
PS: Below is a plug for Duncan’s Book and CD launch – all welcome so please put it into your diaries
A big thanks to everyone who replied to the message about my book and CD launch.
The date has been confirmed as Tuesday, November 11th, 7-8pm at Coogee Croquet Club. That’s the Tuesday the week after Melbourne Cup day.
Please put that date in your diary. As I said, it’ll be a casual event where I’ll be giving a short talk about the new book and CD, and a 15-20 minute classical guitar performance.
People who’ve so far read the book or heard the album have been excited by it – so I hope you’ll turn up and share in the buzz! Look forward to seeing you there to launch The Maelstrom Ascendant.