Here Prajnamati offers gentle guidance for meditation inspired by the Anapanasati Sutta. In meditation we choose to center our attention on what arises – initially we may tighten or harden or contract which is movement out of meditation towards hindrance. There is another direction we can go, alternatively we can relax into our experience and move into the point of freedom.
We have a collective inner sleep going on when it comes to climate change. In Buddhist terms we call this ‘avidya’, ignorance, which literally means ‘not seeing’ which brings out the active process of ignoring certain aspects of reality, especially those things we believe to be a threat.
Buddhist Action Month is now over but here’s a highlight from the Dublin Buddhist Centre - on 12th June, as part of BAM 2019, some of their Sangha meditated outside the Dáil (the Irish parliament) to raise awareness about the need to take action to address the climate crisis. Here’s a short podcast with some of the participants about why they took part as Dharma practitioners and how the meditation went.
In Buddhist practice, the traditional method of choice for effecting positive change in one’s life is meditation. Here Sangharakshita takes a closer look, focussing on the ‘superconscious states’ (characterised in turn by integration, inspiration, permeation, and radiation), the practice of developing universal friendliness, and the distinction between calm and Insight. Talk given in 1976.
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte entitled Words and Experience Ratnaghosha talks about Milarepa’s final exhortation from “The Shepherd’s Search for Mind”, which provides a complete path, effortlessly combining devotion and meditation. He sees how wrong were the fears and hopes of his own mind.
Without arrival, he reaches the place of Buddha; Without seeing, he visions the Dharmakaya; Without effort, he does all things naturally.
What needs to be seen and known in our experience of suffering in order for it to lead to freedom and compassion? Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called Gestures of Metta by Saddhanandi. This beautiful collection of thoughts on metta is the introduction to a guided meditation.
The full talk, entitled Metta and Beauty, is from a 12 day meditation retreat on Metta as a Path to Insight given at Taraloka, May 2015.