Offered by Tuere Sala at SIMS on 2020 January 20
Reflections and Practices: Dhamma is the undefended fact, and facing facts is fundamental to Dhamma growth. Many times, it is more convenient to pretend the facts do not exist. Turning away does not eliminate the fact; it sustains its damaging effects through repression. Look at your life and see which facts you allow in and which facts are denied. Notice the fear that turns you away from the fact and how this fear competes with your Dhamma understanding. Is it fear of change, fear of insecurity, or fear of mortality? Consider contemplating the phrases, When this exists, this naturally exists; due to the arising of this, this consequently arises; when this does not exist, this naturally does not exist; due to the quenching of this, this consequently is quenced. Throughout the month, check to see if you notice this understanding. Can you see how certain occurrences are conditioned by the existence of other conditions? Be adventurous in your practice. There is no right or wrong way to understand this. All that is needed is a willingness to listen to your body and heart this month.