This Sunday Joey led a discussion on the process of recognizing and accepting what’s going on in our minds and hearts. A central theme was the practice of RAIN, described by Tara Brach here. There are different interpretations for the acronym, but the one we commonly see is this:
- R – Recognize what is happening
- A – Allow life to be just as it is
- I – Investigate inner experience with kindness
- N – Non-Identification.
The sangha’s discussion was based around a talk by Tara Brach, available here:
This Sunday Payton led a sitting and discussion around the topic of clinging as outlined by Gil Fronsdal in this talk:
In the talk Gil quoted the usual translation of the Platform Sutra in which the Buddha is recorded as having said. “Wisdom and Meditation are the same”. However, Gil notes, the character used for “wisdom” is actually “kindness”, so it says “kindness and meditation are the same”. This is likely a clerical error at some point in the long history of Buddhism, but which was the original? Perhaps we should draw our own conclusions.
Gil listed the four forms of clinging:
- Clinging to sensual pleasure
- Clinging to views and opinions
- Clinging to the idea of self
- Clinging to religious practices
He then goes on to say that the secret of Buddhism is really that, “it actually feels better to let go of clinging than to get what you want”.
The talk ends with an admonition to look for clinging, or for one of the Five Hinderances, whenever we notice a lack of kindness toward ourselves or others.
This Sunday Joey played a talk by Guy Armstrong entitled “Patterns of Becoming: The end of Karma”.
From the talk description: “The fifth and last in a series of talks discusses the troublesome patterns of mind and volitional action that we identify as self, and how we can step out of them with the tools of dharma practice. The Buddha said that one who is fully awake has found an end to karma, and end to compulsive formations.”
The talk is here: