Clinging and the Vicissitudes

In this talk, Mary Burns describes how we can have stability of mind even when changes happen in life and we take it personally, thinking things shouldn’t be as they are. We can guard the sense doors and know how to meet with awareness the worldly dhammas of gain and loss, praise and blame, pleasure and pain, fame and disrepute. When we know it, we can meet it in the way that it is, not in the way we thought it should be. Continue reading

Four Doorways to Speaking and Listening

In this talk, Gregory Kramer describes how to bring listening and speaking into meditation while maintaining the integrity of practice. The four doorways of listening and speaking are: 1) mindful versus habitual speech; 2) relationship; 2) psychotherapy; and, 4) the meditative. Speech comes from and the development of a capacity for the auditory system to perceive. Through the enlightenment factors and the capacity to reside in loving kindness receptivity, meditators share the intimacy of the moment. Recorded in Kansas City, Missouri in May 2011. Continue reading

Liberated through Sense Contact – Part 2

In this second part of the talk on Liberated through Sense Contact, Phyllis Hicks describes how we keep it real by being here now with what is here now. By bringing presence to the difficulty and knowing the reactivity, the mind grows bright and we can know what it is to be caught. We are cultivating a path that leads to the cessation of suffering. Continue reading