Seattle Insight Meditation Center | Jan 2018
This year’s teaching schedule is on the Four Noble Truths – The Truth of Dukkha (suffering); The Truth of the Cause (Origin) of Dukkha; The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha; and The Truth of The Path Leading to the Cessation of Dukkha (Eightfold Path). These four truths are more than intellectual theories. They are the fundamental aspects of understanding which frame the whole of our practice. The more we work with them, the more we can see them as the key, the map, the guideposts, to awakening and living a simpler life rooted in wisdom and compassion. During the first four months of the year we will look at each of the four Truths separately. We will then explore the eight aspects of the Noble 8-Fold Path during the last 8 months of the year.
Please note: the recording begins as Tuere is already speaking.
Wise speech depends on our view and intention, as well as our capacity to listen inwardly and outwardly. This talk explores Wise Listening as the first gesture of Wise Speech, and how we might practice listening in a way that allows us to let go of what no longer serves (renunciation), and cultivates openness towards ourselves and others (non-ill will, or kindness).
As compelling as it may be at times to linger in silence and open listening, our compassionate engagement with the world often moves us to speak, to respond. This talk explores part of the Buddha's Instructions to Rahula at Mango Stone, when the Buddha advises his young son to reflect on the effects of his words before, during and after speech and whether they lead to harm or benefit. Reflecting with curiosity on our own speech in this way leads to greater sensitivity in our interactions, as well as a deeper understanding of our own minds.
With Tim Geil, recorded 10/30/2018 at Seattle Insight Meditation Society
With Tim Geil, recorded 11/6/2018 at Seattle Insight Meditation Society
With Tim Geil, recorded 11/20/2018 at Seattle Insight Meditation Society
With Keri Pederson, recorded 12/4/2018 at Seattle Insight Meditation Society
With Tim Geil, recorded 12/11/2018 at Seattle Insight Meditation Society