When: Monday, November 23, 2020
Time: 6:45 to 7:45 am PST
In Buddhist meditation, we include our thoughts, emotions, and sensations. We try to use these practices to begin to make friends with ourselves and our world. There is no sense rejecting our experience; we work with it. We don’t make any part of our ordinary life “bad” and make our spiritual life “good”, as doing that would create a tremendous internal conflict. Instead, we try to develop a sense of really appreciating and enjoying every aspect of our life. Hence, meditation can be about appreciating even the uncomfortable parts of our world.
Everything is usable and can be part of our meditation practice. This is the real notion of “peace” in the Buddhist tradition. It is about accepting the most challenging parts of our world. This is the meditation taught by the Buddha and handed down through thousands of years. Meditation is more than ever a great tool to address the struggles of modern life. Stress is present in all aspects of our lives. Stress, in the Buddhist tradition, is the basic anxiety of things not being quite correct or, if they are good, of having a subtle fear and worry that they will go bad at some point. The Buddhist meditation deals with how to work with this stress and overcome the anxiety that pervades our daily existence.
Even when we engage in spiritual disciplines, we often feel a sense of unease that lurks in the background of our subconscious mind. By being willing to look at all of our thoughts, we become much more able to see a constant sense of goodness in our worlds. Instead of angry dark corners, we can look at the ugliest parts of our world and see freshness and goodness.
Participants will be taught various meditation practices that come from the Buddhist tradition on how to handle the stresses and strains of our world. During the broadcast, it will be helpful if there are two people in the room or available by phone, but have some paper and pen available if you can’t have two people with you.