Joey guided our reflections during our second session on Equanimity, the Seventh Factor of Awakening, asking that in advance we notice those moments when we LOSE equanimity – the circumstances, the triggers, the possible causes – to help us to find ways in which a genuine equanimity can be cultivated in our lives.
Joey’s own reflections were complemented by excerpts from a talk by Winnie Nazarko
Payton guided our reflections on Equanimity, which is both the Seventh Factor of Awakening, and the Fourth Brahma Vihara. Special attention was given to distinguishing Equanimity as it functions in Buddhist practice from other factors which seem to resemble it but undercut its deepest functioning. Supporting this investigation was a portion of a dharma talk by Winnie Nazarko
Michael guided the second session on Concentration as a Factor of Awakening, offering two guided meditations (one as taught him by Ajahn Thanissaro, the other in the tradition of Ajanh Sumdeo) which might help one easily sink into samadhi. These bracketed a recorded talk on concentration by Gil Fronsdal.
Nancy led our first session on Concentration as a Factor of Awakening today, using an easy yoga asana, a guided meditation from Ayya Khema, and suggestions to practice drawn from her own experience at a jhana retreat with Leigh Brasington.
Here’s a 15 minute loving-kindness meditation by Ayya Khema similar to the one used
And you can find over 300 talks by Ayya Khema on DharmaSeed.org