Recent Dharma talks given to the Seattle Insight Meditation Society by senior western Vipassana and Zen teachers. Seattle Insight Meditation Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and welcoming community devoted to offering the Buddha’s teachings on wisdom and compassion to all those who seek them. SIMS encourages an ongoing investigation of our lives for the liberation of all beings and the stewardship of the planet. Find more at http://seattleinsight.org.
John explores three specific techniques for calm abiding that attendees can add to their meditation tool kit; namely, Single Pointed Concentration, Moment to Moment Awareness and Luminous Mind. These three techniques can be used individually or in succession as a means to deepening concentration. Each is explained with practical applications and anecdotes to strengthen daily and communal practice.
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/912
While the last talk established the importance of compassion directing renunciation, this talk explores how wisdom also directs renunciation. We can define wisdom simply as what leads to freedom, instead of what leads to suffering. As we clearly see this distinction, we practice renunciation for those actions leading toward more suffering. The three characteristics of dukkha (unsatisfactoriness), anicca (impermanence), and anatta, (non-self), create a framework to further deepen our understanding of wisdom and renunciation.
The Sutta mentioned in the talk is MN 19: Two Sorts of Thinking:
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/888
Becoming intimate with our living reality, as opposed to merely thinking about life, helps us deeply connect to our experience, without being bound by it.
Sinking from the busy peripheral experience of mental activity into the quiet clarity of conscious presence is the movement we make, as we practice meditation.
Please listen and join others in this journey, as the eternal wisdom of the Buddha supports and encourages us.
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/887
We experience a chronic expression of busyness in our modern lives. From our hectic, over-committed work and personal life, to the incessant stream of thoughts, the Busy Mind can be seen as a gateway into the Dharma. We explore how the Busy Mind is an expression of our ignorance of the three characteristics, how engaging in the Busy Mind reinforces our ignorance, and what we have to give up to release busyness.
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/862