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.
Truthfulness is an expression of our wisdom and aligns our actions with our understanding. This talk explores three gateways of wise speech: Is it true? Is it beneficial? Is the timing right? Truth is seen as relative to the arising of each moment. Being beneficial leads to the end of suffering, in particular by loosening identification. The proper timing considers the vulnerability and open heartedness of the speaker, and the receptivity of the listener.
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/919
Please note: Because of equipment issues, the recording both begins and ends while Luang Por Sumedho is speaking.
Luang Por Sumedho has been practicing as a Buddhist monk for over fifty years. He shares the insights and experience he has developed investigating the Four Noble Truths, offering a perspective on the world that points to liberation rather than entanglement and confusion. His encouragements to cultivate wise intuitive awareness are moving, humorous, refreshing and enlightening.
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/920
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