Inquiry & Discerment

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Free Inquiry & Discernment Kalama Sutta: Knowing for yourself from your direct experience   “Come, Kalamas. Don’t go by reports, by legend, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by consistency with your own laws, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that ‘these mental qualities are …

Right Livelihood: Week 3

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Livelihood Week 3 Formal Practice Suggestions 1. This week let’s look at our attitude toward what we consume and our impact on the world when we choose what to eat, what to wear, where to live. Reflect on your motivation using the following questions: – Why do I want to eat now? Why am I eating now? – Why …

Right Livelihood: Week 2

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Livelihood Week 2 Resource Exchange, Reciprocal Relationships & Mutual Support “One should acquire it (wealth) only by legal means, not illegally; one should acquire it peacefully, without coercion or violence; one should acquire it honestly, not by trickery or deceit; and one should acquire it in the ways which do not entail harm and suffering for others.” Bikkhu Boddhi …

Right Livelihood: Week 1

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Livelihood Week 1 What we consume: Wants vs. Needs   Formal Practice Suggestions Reflections & Daily Life Practice 1. Let’s start with getting in touch with our attitude and motivation toward what we use, buy and consume as well as our impact on the world when we choose what to eat, what to wear, where to live. Reflect on …

Right Action: Week 4

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Action Week 4: Right action on the social scale. Motivation. Implicit bias.   Formal Practice Suggestions to build up and deepen samadhi – Keep up with your formal daily practice. Sit every day this week for at least 30 minutes. Practice awareness with breathing or one of the Brahmaviharas practices to build up your samadhi (samadhi = concentration, unification, …

Right Action: Week 3

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Action Week 3: Third Precept I undertake the training to refrain from misuse of sexuality and the senses. (I undertake the training to practice renunciation.) “Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct, I undertake to cultivate responsibility and learn ways to protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families, and society. I am determined not to engage …

Right Action: Week 2

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Action Week 2: I undertake the training to refrain from taking that which is not given. (I undertake the training to practice generosity.) Formal Practice Suggestions During your formal practice notice if any of the following thoughts, fantasies and/or impulses arise: taking what is not freely given, taking more that is offered, how to get something before someone else …

Right Action: Week 1

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Action Week 1: First Precept I undertake the training to refrain from intentionally taking life. (I undertake the training to maintain respect for life.)   Formal Practice Suggestions Notice the arising of any “negative” (critical, judgmental, cruel, aversive, demeaning, etc.)  thoughts toward others and/or yourself. Notice what it feels like, how it affects your heart and body. Consider putting …

Right Speech: Skillful Listening

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Speech Week 5: Skillful Listening Skillful listening: attuned & receptive, compassionate & tolerant Formal Practice Suggestions 1. Keep up your daily meditation practice. We are in the process of cultivation of awareness that leads to wisdom. This takes dedicated daily practice. 2. This week keep your formal meditation practice simple with cultivation of awareness of breathing. Return to the …

Right Speech: Week 4

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Speech Week 4: useless/pointless/purposeless speech and idle chatter* *This also included rumor & gossip if the motivation behind it is delusion/confusion as well as idle engagement in media and social media. “He avoids idle chatter and abstains from it. He speaks at the right time, in accordance with facts, speaks what is useful, speaks of the Dhamma and the …