Summary of talks given in Feb 2021
Feb 2: Discussion by the monks of Pacific Hermitage on giving feedback to others.
Feb 5: Cori presented a video by Susan Pivar on The Four Noble Truths of Love
Feb 9: Something different: a Dhamma message was presented via pictures. They were photos of still water reflecting the scenery perfectly. This symbolizes how we need a quiet, still mind in order to see clearly, to have insights. Then Sanghamitta simplified Dhamma practice by boiling it down to Wise Attention: being aware in as many moments as possible during the day: is what I'm doing, saying, thinking wholesome or not wholesome? i.e. is it moving me along the Path to Awakening or is it causing myself or others harm. Wise attention is built on the foundations of faith in Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, access to the teachings of the Buddha and having Noble friends.
Feb 12: A Dhamma talk on Right Mindfulness by Ayya Santussika of Karuna Buddhist Vihara, California. Ayya starts us off with a beautiful guided meditation on mindfulness of the breath. She then gives a Dhamma talk on Right Mindfulness as it differs from the popularity of mindfulness of everything in our current society. This is followed by a heartfelt discussion of finding a good teacher, one who walks the talk.
Feb 16: Sanghamitta gave a talk on Dependent Origination plus the eight things that fuel step one: ignorance.
Feb 19: Cori presented an interview with Sharon Salzberg about her new book on Love.
Feb 23: We listened to a Dhamma talk by Tahn Nisabho on the first tetrad of Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati).
Feb 26: Today was Cori's final presentation on the Relationship series. Today's talk on "Being Love" was by a Zen priest, Zenju Earthlyn Mauuel. Zenju is the dharma heir of Buddha and the late Zenkei Blanche Hartman in the Shunryu Suzuki Roshi lineage through the San Francisco Zen Center. Zenju’s practice is influenced by Native American and African indigenous traditions. She was raised in the Church of Christ where she was an avid reader of the Bible and adored the true mystic teachings on Christ’s path well into adulthood. She also participated in ceremony with Ifá diviners from Dahomey, Africa and brieflly studied Yoruba. She holds a Ph.D. and formally worked for decades as a social science researcher, development director for non-profit organizations and those serving women and girls, cultural arts, and mental health. She is a lover of art, music, indie film, literature, and dance. What You'll Learn • Discover the powerful shift of moving from being in love to being love • Explore interconnection and love as coming from within • Learn the 4 Paths of Being Love