Vitakkarasanthana Sutra

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the morning
morning fizzle out today we have kids and have to be filled with center speaker is andrea sash
who's darwinian is gotten so viewership which pays healing source dragon formed
she began practicing here lol lovingly scott was here the late nineteen nineties
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then had of crystallization from so conversion in two thousand and five it was too so if gets to here in two thousand and nine
atheism is his own freeze and also of practicing medical doctor
a woman side like to address her as reverend doctor but i don't think you have to do that
zone a special forty hz what you have specific was sort of morning everyone
good morning to the children
to find myself up here again while drill down there for with me here and i have another story for you that's on the topic for today which is of why do they do and were upset when will we usually have something that's in our mind we can't get rid of
so this is a story about up
carl has a good friend named still water and so water is a kind of magical big panda and they have all kinds of adventures together
see if i can read upside down the thames had a small
that's still water than that's half
comment doesn't sarah
michael said i couldn't been out of the staff i wanted to go swimming with
i'm mad at michael he's always telling me what to do so i cross everything
he said saw modern that's a little pool i don't know fellows things will fit
for all things for are bigger than he is a nice bottle pool
let's see said curve but see said stillwater
so i wanted the for but things can go swimming but we can
i brought too much said curl that cases to the water how help you carry it all home
so do you think that corral make a mistake and bring all those things with them
that way michael couldn't have him
it about a good idea
that lady
what is not the only have to tell me what to do said call well if he were here i'm him
home and i will shoot off workers and i would smash him like this war
what do you think how would you feel about michael if he was always telling you what to do
be ready for secret supremo and what would you feel my dad always listen
a good idea
let's see
maynard pounds so water had tea and i don't know about t and maybe they have knock-on cookies and actually
off said stillwater you spent the whole day being angry with uncle did you notice how much fun we have
oh com watch the steam rise from his cup
what do you think he's thinking
remorseful what does that mean killed
guilty yeah
why he says he was so mad at night or he could have been acting a third time because he could have been having a fun time for somehow he couldn't stop being man that's really good i don't think i need to read anymore
for maybe not everyone here got it so often
i'm sorry i got on the south carroll said you don't have to be sorry said stillwater right now you need to carry on pay and i will tell your story
okay this is a zen the story not the fat wasn't he
the story at having wrong so to fell among switched to town where there was a young woman waiting to step off her
ah sedan hair the reins of made the piles and he couldn't set across without spoiling her silken rhodes she stood there looking very cross an impatient he was calling her attendance they had murdered place all the package she she had brought
so they couldn't help her to
the other mom modest the woman and said nothing but walk five
the order mark
quickly picked her up and carried her on her back transporting her across the water and set it down on the other side of she didn't think my mom she just shocked him out of the way and departed
what do you think
that was reading over that was rude that the woman was creepy yohanan to a stupid
maybe so what about the older monk he was what why because he helped him carried over
the from booking i could probably chosen you will verifies yeah so she thought her nice mean you don't want to help her yeah
maybe not
let's see what happens next as will continue know who are nowhere the younger monk was brooding and preoccupied after several hours of walking unable to home with silence anymore he spoke out that woman that there was very rude and selfish but
you picked her up on your back and carry her then she didn't even say thank you
t kind of agreed with you
you're older monk said i said the woman down hours ago and the older monk replied why are you still carrying her
so what do you think what did he mean how he meant like a he could have forgotten about it and have gone you still worry about it for your home called rave about the heinkel
have you ever had a time when you've been like that where you've been like colonel worrying about michael
yeah what do you do about it

it's kind of a hard question
i guess he really think about like transsexual rapper important and has happened or why
that's pretty great
well i think it's a really hard question we're gonna talk about it a little bit more
so thank you very much for coming thank you fuck
hockey girl
your children
michael a little the referendum as humans do that you're drastically hit

so here's a story for us
from kabir
when please tell me what i can do about this world i hold on to and keep spinning out i've given up some clothes and war rome but now i noticed one day the cloth was well woven so i bought some burlap but still i throw it elegantly over my shoulder
i pulled back my special longings and now i discovered that i'm angry a lot i gave up rage and now i noticed that i'm greedy all day i work hard and dissolving the greed and now i'm proud of myself when the mind wants to break its link with the world is still holds onto one thing kabir
says listen my friend there are very few that find that path
so here we are looking for that half a day were settled into our aspects of practice practice period in which were studying the pali canon the pali canon being a collection several collections of the discourses that the buddha taught that were transmitted by oil perfect
tradition from a foundational test of the pali canon and the one that we're doing our class on as decided katana super saudi means mindfulness and a means clear saying we had a wonderful introduction to that when bob spoke about alertness and awareness and peter gotta
settle in to the discussion talking about the font foundation of mindfulness in the body
today we're gonna talk somewhat about mindfulness of thought for how to tame the the mind
the party satanic scooter is not just about sitting meditation it's about how we live our lives walking sitting standing and how we move out into daily activity
we like on all this activity is created by our thinking i think sometimes we have the idea that when we sit enough meditation we start having boss at least we stop having that are so troublesome and that our meditation we don't have them at all
in fact if not what happens thus only stop when we stop living because that's just what our minds do they make for us and so how do we work with them
frog was the pioneer of the subliminal on the outcome conscious was asked if he was bothered by his lustful thoughts company said for now i enjoy them
i think that's the other side of our thinking is that we are who we are and our thoughts will arise so what do we do with them how do we live without in a way that's authentic
st augustine said that the to characteristics that could to qualities that were needed to live in awaken life were great thing faith and persistent temptation
that comes from the form of our thinking the thought being that which cultivates our actions and is the manifestation of our live in relationship to each other and coming a little bit closer to home and our meditation practice of a possum and teacher jack kornfield said the mind will do almost anything and has no pride
i think it's also that it has no shame
who was a great psychologist and he has studied the workings of the mine very carefully
some of how that understanding is manifest as expressed in one of them are buddhist psychology is called the yoga chara and not going to save too much about it but there's one point that's important near the cheerleader eight or nine levels of consciousness the seven horrible is
is our egoistic form is what makes andrea andrea with the particular characteristics and karmic tendencies that this person has
the old global consciousness is called the storehouse who cosmic consciousness and it's made up of
million numbers of beaches see or seeds i think of them as potentiality and those a potentiality some of which we all share in common some of which were born with some of which get generated in our lifetime they can either the water and and come to me
professor fruition in this form or they can be not water and then fry often have less and less of a tendency to manifest
when these holes for unwholesome seeds are watered by the poisons the three basic mine states that are a part of our suffering greed hate and delusion that unwholesome seeds manifest
and their manifest within our activity
those activities over far on wholesome activities or obstructions to wholesome activity or the five hindrances more you study care about in buddhism the more you'll see that their lists and lists of different factors some the five hindrances our greed hate or inversion and the
i'm three forms of delusion stupor worry and anxiety or personal doubt not written down from personal doubt
the hindrances blind oneself to one's true intentions and yet we must see our intentions in order to overcome them to do that we depend on cultivating the five controlling factors
those are great faith the conviction that our happiness or at least that the relief of are suffering is dependent upon our actions that is on our own karma our own intentional action and faith that our life is not limited by our usual small ideas of her life
by energy or exertion that willingness to abandon hindrances as soon as they come off as difficult mine states or ideas that are so alluring as floyd's freud's lustful thoughts are
her wisdom or discernment concentration which is the ability to focus and stay with whatever is difficult to not be pushed off one seat no matter what arises
and mindfulness to see the hindrances as they arise to clearly see its root and its extinction
i think they call the controlling factors because in their cultivation we we we learned to refrain from
the task of refrain as the direct proper attention to those aspects of activity that are essential that is the other saw an another side of mindfulness so what is most essential
what's most authentic this is where our hard fly where our heart mine lies it's what brought us to practice and it is an intimate knowledge of that which was the ground of our faith
so we cultivate their awareness of the rising in the body and the passing away of sensations in the body the same for feelings thoughts and line forms but you asked what do i do about those incessant visitors what do i do about that continual habit that to
to horizon kind of like the muzak we hear on the elevator that we walk out and plays in our mind all day long we can't get rid of it for maybe it's like ah cheers that's playing on some room television stations some or some cable station somewhere in the
world at any point in time and is always on whatever our top ten war are tap top ten favorites thicket get pushed whenever we're in certain circumstances how do we work with those
sometimes it's more like a sick feeling in the pit of the summer for attention the throat with the shoulders from the incessant visitors cup keep coming though they're asking for more attention and so the buddha had an instruction about what to do
the guitar have some sung foreigner sutra is the one of the as suitors this in the collection of them a german a higher which is one of the pali canon of collections it's translated as stump stilling troubling thoughts or the removal of distracting thoughts
and stunning it i like oh i actually find more residents with the clarification or mastery over obstructing thoughts so we don't remove thought they still arise and we don't steal them because there's a kind of vital activity but we seen through them directly
so the buddha gave this particular are teaching to his monks so ah it was a monastic teaching and it was meant to use from time to time or whatever necessary and by that it's meant this is an instruction to use when the mind is particularly active or putting
regularly troublesome as time goes on your often more settled and you don't need to rely on on on these particular instructions to be of help but when you do mom
it's nice to know them
so the first of the the the five instructions just to say briefly or to replace unskillful thoughts with skillful wants to consider the unskillful side of the unwholesome side of a of a recurring heard of abstract from obstructing
i thought to completely turn one's attention away from it to go down to the root core of it or to sit still clenched one's teeth and bear ones for effort at turning the thought over here
let's talk about each of them
the first who might be seen as kind of preliminary practices of a concentration practice to help focus on one quality of a mine object instead of all of that which has once in a one in and scripts hamas
traditionally the replacing unskillful thoughts was skillful ones i i think of is like changing the channel so when your top tennis playing can you change to something new that you haven't listened to before
buddha call this a gave the example of changing a course peg that was in office of water furniture holding it together with a fine good fitting piece of wood and stem
traditionally some practices are taught for example when there's a hateful mind status arising if it's towards a particular person instead to offer loving kindness to that person or if it's on an aversion to a particular object or situation it's to break it down to
it's component parts and just see its particular elements if it's a strong feeling of desire agreed it's to see the fondness for the negative side that person that you think is so perfect actually has terrible smelling farts for example something like that or if it's
another kind of object to see if impermanence
if it's delusion for recommendations are to live with a teacher a skilled teacher whose behavior you can model for to study the dharma inquiring into the meaning of causes
some time ago probably any of us who sat long retreats have had some example of spending the and top the entire retreat with some kind of recurring theme may be the flame with kind of pizza with extra spinach and cheese that you're gonna get from the retrieve finally over
can give you an example of working with the mine in this way there was one retreats that i sat in which are long term kind of off again on again lover had fallen very seriously in love with someone and i spent the whole retreat with my mind five lost in one of my usual constructs about a bad
and men and loneliness and i was having a particularly miserable time and decided that i would sit down the next period of meditation and offer sympathetic joy which is top on extend happiness to my my friend and
his partner and what i found was over time it was actually easy meditation for me to do this is the someone i had enormous goodwill for basically and that over the course of the meditation ah and the rest of the retreat that i had great joy and great happiness and
and which has sustained to a feeling of sincere happiness for their happiness so it's important to say that this that working with the mine in this way is not about repressing your feelings it's actually about going beyond your feelings it's about going to the non dual five your feelings
so that it wasn't about being happy for another person it actually was that their happiness was my happiness and my happiness was their happiness and that's the kind of transformation that can come with working with a mind safe in this way
the second of the recommendations or instructions from the buddha or to contemplate on the drawbacks of the unskillful thought until one feels repulsed by them
abe lincoln said that his guidance and life and anglican was a man of of great spiritual oh
character said his games was that when i do wrong i feel bad and when i do good i feel good
that simple
so buddhist psychology shame as one of the wholesome holidays so long list of unwholesome qualities is a shortlist of wholesome holidays and one of them as shame i think this is what abe lincoln is talking about that when you to do bad he actually don't feel very good and that helps you get back into
touch with what's important with you
buddha's particular instruction about this in this ceuta is to imagine
the way as with a vein person who directs them sell half and they're wonderful roads and and silken gowns and jewelry to actually imagine instead a great hot carcass or saw something in a state of decay around them how revolts repulsive that is new
see that how
beauty years since of vanity is is quite limited and depending upon what put on yourself
i think there's something about the precepts in this as a grounding to see what wholesome and was unwholesome activity i also think the up it's a refined sense of what cause and effect is so when you really understand
how behavior how i thought arises and its root causes than it loses some of its on stickiness and i give you another or another example some time ago i i had a relationship with someone in one
of my workplaces who had done something that was quite hurtful to me and i didn't feel very good about this person and when i would see her at social events many people would flock around and they would relate to her like she was really a wonderful person and i would sit and
i would
i'm really be very angry and sideline don't you really know who that person is and it didn't feel very good to have that kind of an attitude so i looked again and first i saw yeah rather we'd like the first instruction i saw the big followings and why people were drawn to her
suddenly i felt how really uncomfortable i felt the the sensor vengeful lesson and negativity that i have and that helped me drop it it also helped me turn my attention away and just move on to the next step

savings the third instruction that the buddha gives which is not attaching that is looking away it's ungrounded that means that in order to do that one has to have a fair amount of concentration energy and discipline to turn away it's like being able to pull your doggo
on the beginning of a fight with another animal when it's about to get into it was just have to pump pearl and a persistent lions they now over here
in his courses to understanding this admonition really is about needing to wait until the right time putting something aside not taking on that which is too hot but to mind mindfully choose something else
but to do it in such a way that you're aware of sensation in the body the way that feeling of anger attraction whatever it is so that it doesn't leak out and to your next activity
in a more refined sense it's really about loosening the thinking around the object this takes a certain kind of steadiness that mindfulness and concentration it's always good to grounded out of breath black and perhaps you've had the experience of sitting in sashimi you've had a really
painful part of your body and you don't want to move all the time and so paying really close attention and breathing into breathing will sometimes in those most painful machine moments i can remember was just enough to be with breath and allow of wrath to be
be my grounding that helps it's also helpful to shift from the general to the mosque more specific qualities or whatever is going on
so sometimes attention and the body attention to the sensations in the body will allow a difficult thought to dissolve entirely poof and all of a sudden you're free
sometimes it comes by opening up the field of awareness to stop tracing at which he alma rocio when he's talking about on what the experiences as soon as he is a very nice clear example when the idea of flour arises and you're thinking mind
it's just flour as soon as it becomes flower is beautiful you're off on a story and then as the beautiful red roses that you are because your father always gave you but maybe he your boyfriend never gave him to you instead so you know he really was kind
madeira and
why didn't he give you something nice for my birthday last year and know before you know that you're often a long tangent
so if opening the field of awareness is not to let your mind trace out but it's just to see what comes up with one instance at a time
nike roshe calls those giving your mind of bigger pasture so on your mind is caught up in a small things in a particular on mine state turning your attention out to the open pasture allow you to breathe have more freedom
it's important to be wary that letting letting go are looking away is not a version so you're not avoiding something unless you're intentionally saying this is too hot for me to touch right now but she really just taking your attention to something else
to just let it be
this is a kind of action of faith a faith in our small life is a part of a larger life it's very important this point about the non duality of our thinking suki roche he talks about jumping off the hundred foot pole and he says it describes it as this
neha whose i was just another name for buddha nature
when you practice of them where would evil desire come from
in saw that there is no place for evil desires why is that you want to eliminate your evil desires in order to reveal your buddha nature but where we can throw them away evil desires is just a name will use but there is no such thing that we can separate out and throw away so
what arises of the mine is just what arises in the mind it's nothing more than that so what do we do we just like the next thing of here
the fourth of bhutto's were recommendations are to trace the thought through its through i'm in here we're really getting to into the heart of the man for those things that are most difficult to actually be willing to sit with it and say where does this come from what is this really about
he describes it the buddha describes it also is relaxing bot fabrication
opening at the center to be able to trace themes to the source
it's about having a pliant and soft mind one this curious and open and not judging but persistent that target that has this intelligent that stays on track
when there's been and visitors they're wanting something more they're asking what else is there hear what else is there what am i missing and in that willingness to really be present and show up completely there's a possibility that even the most angry raging mind stay
eight one that you're ashamed of that so out of control but you're able to be with enough to sit down proved to it's very core to see where it comes from an inlet willingness to go to the core you find a place of connection with everything and that allows it to track
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faith comes from here we see our lives in the effects of our actions and thoughts we see that we are an agent of effect and we can take responsibility for our lives in the way that's the opposite of burden which he amorosi talks about not letting life be fawned over by hot based on desire
cravings but to see all thoughts and desires of resting on the foundation of one
so this is the activity i think the attitude is the fifth of the buddhist admonitions in the ceuta and i wanted me a team because i find it so provocative
the evil unskillful thoughts and viewed with desire aversion or delusion still arise in the monk while he is attending to the relaxing of thought fabrication with regards to these thoughts than with his teeth clenched and his tongue pressed against the roof of his mouth he should be
down constrain and cross his mind with awareness
the has bought the side of alternate energy and diligence of well i thought this practice was about not too much of the wrong kind of effort doesn't have found that way this is trying too hard i came here to stop trying too hard i think
what is that about this now when i first heard this the image that came to mind you remember lord of the rings and that scene where again can't often and those that are about to return the ring are running across this great crevasse filled with fire being chased by a by
all wrong who's a kind of a big demon was ugly eyes and fire coming out of his mouth and they're crossing across the bridge of canada on which is this very narrow kind of of crumbling bridge and everyone gets the process of gandalf and he turns around the pavilion end of the bridge
and he stands to face down the monster in says thou shall not pass at which point the monster roars again and gandalf scans body open and says thou shall not pass at which point the bridge collapses and they engage gang
doc and a monster in this our title or archetypal battle in which they compliment down the spray fiery crevasse tumbling and fighting and you don't know who's gonna win and could continue on and on and on through five minutes of film club
the uncut version
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up and hundred
had all the sudden
it seems like gandalf is last they appear on the smell mountain top filled with snow
somehow has one last breath of life and takes on ball rod and finished with him all and gandalf the grey is reborn as candle to want
and the reappears to return to the end of the return of the ring
the most radical aspects of this practice is not to locate the problems outside of ourselves but to look inside jack kornfield causes opening the full awareness of feelings and entering through to the center
sense what's being asked for a given acceptance given space neither struggling with it nor pushing it away this is actually the radical battle what's the resistance here or version judgment fear for a biological organisms and soft preserved
location is an underlying motives so i think fears very often at the root of all of these feelings we look everywhere but inside ourselves this is called ignorance or ignoring the reality of what is i think maybe the has it's too difficult to bear but when we
have enough concentration mindfulness and apply wisdom and energy we can bear the reality of our lives we can actually transform them like buddhist hitting on the night of his enlightenment touching the earth tongue at the roof of his mouth was full determination
he let go of everything and was enlightened
so the scooter ends this boot shoe or monk is the master of the courses of thought he will think whatever thought he wishes to think and he will not think any thought he does not wish to think
so i'd like to m there and i have two questions myself one is for holocene sensei who's leading of aspects of practice to see if he has anything that he would like to add to the top today
now at the moment and preserved
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oh how we do that seems to be critical
oh the word crush as a certain page
howard to them the took away a free practice
so i think that's really about
crushing meals
i think it means
crushing the tendency to move away from that which is most difficult and move towards it to soften to it to open to it
so it's rowing is paradoxical is the opposite you have to actually soften and open but you have to go through something quite difficult though resistance to do that is quite difficult and that's what i think the crushing of about was the case determination as about
the movies so crushing and orange diffuse very nice
thirteen russia is there anything that you'd like to add about who referred you
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thank you
i think i were just about out of time actually but peter has his hand kind of persistently go
yeah he worked for me for instruction was to crush with the worms riches was crushing the star is complete openness
thank you i'd say so
thank you
any other questions will be over tea and cookies i think thank you