Right Intention: Renunciation

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Right Intention: Renunciation “Do everything with a mind that lets go.” – Ajahn Chah Samma = right, skillful, wise, appropriate, wholesome, mature Sankappa = intention, thought/thinking, volition, resolve, directing the mind, purpose, disposition, orientation Nekkhamma = renunciation, restrain, non-addiction, giving up, letting go Formal Practice Meditation from our class on 5/29/22. It is about 28 min long.   Talk from …

Right Intention: Lovingkindness

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Intention/Thought: Lovingkindness Samma = right, skillful, wise, appropriate, wholesome, mature Sankappa = intention, thought/thinking, volition, resolve, directing the mind, purpose, disposition, orientation Metta = lovingkindness, benevolence, goodwill, kindness, holistic kindness, friendliness, all-inclusive befriending Talk from our group on 6/12 on Lovingkidness:   Formal Practice Suggestions 1. Homework for the week of June 6th: This week cultivate Metta/Lovingkindness in your …

Right Intention: Compassion

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Right Intention/Thought: Compassion/Non-harming Samma = right, skillful, wise, appropriate, wholesome, mature Sankappa = intention, thought/thinking, volition, resolve, directing the mind, purpose, disposition, orientation Talk from our group on 6/19 on Non-harming:   Formal Practice This week cultivate Karuna/Compassion in your formal practice by using the phrases below. Guided Compassion Meditation from our group on 6/19:   May I be free …

Right Intention

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Right Intention “Bhikkhus, whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind.” – Buddha (MN 19) Samma = right, skillful, wise, appropriate, wholesome, mature Sankappa = intention, thought/thinking, volition, resolve, directing the mind, purpose, disposition, orientation Formal Practice Below is the meditation we practiced in our class. It is about 30 minutes long. …

Right View: Self-view

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Right View: Exploring Self-view   Samma = right, skillful, wise, appropriate, wholesome, mature Ditthi: view, understanding Sakkaya-ditti: self-view or personality-view   Formal Practice Reflections & Daily Life Practice 1. Buddha states that one of the origins of all conflicts is our attachment to views. Here is what he said when he was asked why there are fights in his sangha: “It is, …

Right View: Cause & Effect

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Right View: Cause & Effect or Karma   Karma in Sanskrit or Kamma in Pali = action The law of karma refers to the law of cause and effect = every volitional act brings about a certain result. Cetana in Pali = volition. Volition is an intention or motive behind an action. Volition can be defined as a mental factor that …

Third Noble Truth: Week 2 & 3

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Third Noble Truth: The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha Our Task: to directly experience momentary cessation of dukkha. Classically put: knowing/realizing the cessation of dukkha, which is referred to as nibbana. Nibbanna = extinguishing, blowing out the fires of greed, hatred and delusion. Week 2: Letting go/Relinquishing our Attachments (Upadana/Clinging) to Views. Views according to the Buddha = the instinct to have and hold beliefs, opinions …

Third Noble Truth: Week 1

janka Dharma Study & Practice Group 3

Third Noble Truth: The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha Our Task: to directly experience momentary cessation of dukkha. Classically put: knowing/realizing the cessation of dukkha, which is referred to as nibbana. Nibbanna = extinguishing, blowing out the fires of greed, hatred and delusion. Week 1: Exploring and practicing momentary letting go of craving (tanha) for and attachment to (upadana: clinging and grasping) sense-pleasures. Formal Practice Here …

Second Noble Truth: Week 3

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Second Noble Truth: The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha Our Task: realizing that the origin of dukkha is our ignorance of craving (tanha) and grasping & clinging (upadana). In plain terms: wanting things to be different than they are and not knowing (delusion) when we are manipulating the present moment to be different than it is. Week 3: Exploring Craving for …

Second Noble Truth: Week 2

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Second Noble Truth: The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha Our Task: realizing that the origin of dukkha is our ignorance of craving (tanha) and grasping & clinging (upadana). In plain terms: wanting things to be different than they are and not knowing (delusion) when we are manipulating the present moment to be different than it is. Week 2: Exploring Craving for …