Equanimity: Week 4

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Upekkha: equanimity, non-reactivity, evenness of mind, even-mindedness, balance, poise, composure, impartiality and detachment Week 4: Including others (formally known as breaking the barriers). Formal Practice The recording bellow is the meditation we did in the class. It is about 30 min long focusing on cultivation of Equanimity including others (formally known as breaking the barriers).   This is my talk on …

Equanimity: Week 3

jankaDharma Study & Practice Group 2

Upekkha: equanimity, non-reactivity, evenness of mind, even-mindedness, balance, poise, composure, impartiality and detachment Week 3: Practicing with The Eight Worldly Winds or The Eight Vicissitudes of Life: pleasure & pain, gain & loss, status/fame & disrepute, praise & blame Formal Practice – Same as Week 1 & 2. Formal Practice Suggestions – Same as Week 1 & 2. Reflections & Daily Life …

Equanimity: Week 2

jankaDharma Study & Practice Group 2

Upekkha: equanimity, non-reactivity, evenness of mind, even-mindedness, balance, poise, composure, impartiality and detachment Week 2: Cultivating Upekkha Toward Oneself and Exploring Near Enemy Here is my talk from our class on 11/21. it is about 20 minutes long.   Formal Practice Same as last week. Formal Practice Suggestions Same as last week. Reflections & Daily Life Practice 1. This week let’s investigate …

Equanimity: Week 1

jankaDharma Study & Practice Group 2

Upekkha: equanimity, non-reactivity, evenness of mind, even-mindedness, balance, poise, composure, impartiality and detachment* *Detachment in this case means being detached while being actively engaged as opposed to being far away from one’s experience. “The practice of equanimity is likened to the eye of a storm offering refuge from fear and reactivity while supporting the possibility of maintaining a calm, engaged presence during the …

Lovingkindness: Week 5

jankaDharma Study & Practice Group 2

Metta: lovingkindness, benevolence, goodwill, kindness, holistic kindness, friendliness, all-inclusive befriending Week 5: Including others (formally known as breaking the barriers). Formal Practice 1. Practice 34 min guided Lovingkindness meditation every day. Formal Practice Suggestions This week cultivate Metta/Lovingkindness in your formal practice by using the following phrases: May you be free (or safe) from all forms of danger and harm. May you have …

Lovingkindness: Week 4

jankaDharma Study & Practice Group 2

Metta: lovingkindness, benevolence, goodwill, kindness, holistic kindness, friendliness, all-inclusive befriending Week 4: Lovingkindness Towards Oneself: taking good care of oneself as an expression of lovingkindness and exploring conceit as a breeding ground for ill will Formal Practice 1. Practice 20 min guided Lovingkindness Towards Oneself meditation every day   Formal Practice Suggestions – Continue the concentration practice with metta phrases. – If interested, explore …

Lovingkindness: Week 3

jankaDharma Study & Practice Group 2

Metta: lovingkindness, benevolence, goodwill, kindness, holistic kindness, friendliness, all-inclusive befriending Week 3: Practicing with the state of fear. Formal Practice – Same as last week. Formal Practice Suggestions – Continue the concentration practice with metta phrases. – If interested, experiment with fear in your formal practice. What happens right after the fear and/or anxiety is noticed (It is not noticed every time it arises.)? …

Lovingkindness: Week 2

jankaDharma Study & Practice Group 2

Metta: lovingkindness, benevolence, goodwill, kindness, holistic kindness, friendliness, all-inclusive befriending Week 2: Investigating ill will Vyapada in Pali is usually translated as ill will, harmful intention, maliciousness or wish to injure. It is motivated by hostility. It manifests as wanting to hurt, attack, push away or turn away from something. It is a wish to injure. Examples of ill will: anger, fury, rage, hatred, resentment, indignation, …

Lovingkindness: Week 1

jankaDharma Study & Practice Group 2

Metta: lovingkindness, benevolence, goodwill, kindness, holistic kindness, friendliness, all-inclusive befriending Near enemy (might be confused as metta): selfish affection Far enemy (the opposite quality): ill will and fear Week 1: Lovingkindness Towards Oneself Formal Practice 1. Practice 20 min guided Lovingkindness Towards Oneself meditation every day   Here is 28 minute meditation from our class on 10/10:   Here is my talk from …

Resolve: Week 5

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Adhittana: resolve, resoluteness, determination (sustaining or determining power), unwavering (in the face of disappointment and discouragement), commitment, steadiness of purpose & followthrough. Week 5: Resolve for Joy (as Mudita/Appreciative Joy) Mudita = to be pleased, to have a sense go gladeness Buddha advises us (in sutta MN 140) to have four resolves or determinations that can guide the whole path of practice. They are wisdom/discernment, truthfulness, renunciation/generosity …