This is a series of talks by Rodney Smith of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society.
The six part series is an introduction to Insight meditation, also known as mindfulness or Vipassana meditation. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. This balanced awareness, grounded in the present moment, leads to stillness and a growing understanding of the nature of life. Out of this seeing emerges wisdom and compassion.
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
These four attitudes are said to be excellent or sublime because they are the right or ideal way of conduct towards living beings (sattesu samma patipatti). They provide, in fact, the answer to all situations arising from social contact. They are the great removers of tension, the great peace-makers in social conflict, and the great healers of wounds suffered in the struggle of existence. They level social barriers, build harmonious communities, awaken slumbering magnanimity long forgotten, revive joy and hope long abandoned, and promote human brotherhood against the forces of egotism.
Divine Abodes: Lovingkindness from Tara Brach on Vimeo.
The Divine Abodes: Compassion from Tara Brach on Vimeo.
The Divine Abodes: Joy from Tara Brach on Vimeo.
Divine Abodes: Equanimity from Tara Brach on Vimeo.
Former Buddhist nun Diana Winston is the director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Mindful Awareness Centre, and the author of several books on mindfulness and meditation. Diana explains how routinely taking the time to be in the moment can have a profound impact on our everyday lives and relationships.
MARTINE BATCHELOR was born in France in 1953. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in Korea in 1975. She studied Zen Buddhism under the guidance of the late Master Kusan at Songgwang Sa monastery until 1985. Her Zen training also took her to nunneries in Taiwan and Japan. From 1981 she served as Kusan Sunim's interpreter and accompanied him on lecture tours throughout the United States and Europe. She translated his book 'The Way of Korean Zen' and has written an unpublished manuscript about the life of Korean Zen nuns.