Meditation + Talk: Releasing and Receiving

In this Wednesday Night Meditation, Rick offered a meditation and talk called Releasing Receiving. The post Meditation + Talk: Releasing and Receiving first appeared on Dr. Rick Hanson. The post Meditation + Talk: Releasing and Receiving appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. This Wednesday Night Meditation included a 34-minute meditation and a 47-minute talk from Rick’s series on Wise Effort, focusing on The Essence of Practice: Loving, Knowing, and Growing. Life happens to us, and we happen in life, in nature, in reality. Then what?We can either be swept along, in ignorance, fueled and poisoned by hatred, greed, and heartache.Or we can practice: In our relationship to and how we respond to what is happening to us our experiences of that, and the nature of reality itself Practice is like a three-legged stool, with three key elements. In Pali: Metta. Sati. Bhavana. — loosely translated into English: Loving. Knowing. Growing. This talk and meditation featured several quotations which can be found under the video players below. I hope you find it helpful, and you are welcome to join my free Wednesday Meditations – which are open to everyone! Meditation: The Essence of Practice – Loving, Knowing, and Growing Download the Audio of this Meditation Talk:  The Essence of Practice – Loving, Knowing, and Growing Download the Audio of this Talk This talk touched on the three elements of practice: Loving, Knowing, and Growing. Here are the quotes Rick offered for each: — LOVING — May all beings be happy and secure. May all beings be happy at heart! Omitting none, whether they are weak or strong, seen or unseen, near or distant, born or to-be-born: May all beings be happy.Let none deceive another,or despise anyone anywhere,or through anger or ill will wish for another to suffer.Just as a mother would protect her child, her only child,with her own life,even so you should cultivate a boundless heart toward all beings.You should cultivate kindnesstoward the whole world with a boundless heart:above, below, and all around,unobstructed, without enmity or hate.Whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down,as long as you are alert,you should be resolved upon this mindfulness.This is called a sublime abiding here and now. —Adapted from the Metta SuttaThere are those who do not realizethat one day we all must die.But those who do realize thissettle their quarrels.—Dhammapada 1.6“As I am, so are others;as others are, so am I.”Having thus identified self and others,harm no one nor have them harmed.—Sutta Nipāta 3.710Knowing that the other person is angry,one who remains mindful and calmacts for one’s own best interestand for the other’s interest, too.—Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.188Original love is the ocean, it’s been there all along.Finally, there is no difference anymore between us and it.And that is a great great blessing.—Henry Shukman —KNOWING— About this mind…. In truth there is nothing really wrong with it. It is intrinsically pure. Within itself it’s already peaceful. That the mind is not peaceful these days is because it follows moods. The real mind doesn’t have anything to it, it is simply (an aspect of) Nature. It becomes peaceful or agitated because moods deceive it. —Ajahn Chah   I’m thinking of the three facets of awareness (tibetan): open/empty;  cognizant/wakeful; unconfined responsiveness (sensitivity/warmth/ capacity to respond); when our empty wakeful awareness engages with form, there is spontaneous responsiveness (love, compassion); ..subtle (wish); active (donate). —Tara Brach   In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another. —Howard Cohn   One should learn to let thoughts arise and be freed to go as soon as they arise, instead of letting them invade one’s mind. In the freshness of the present moment, the past is gone, the future is not born, and if one remains in pure mindfulness and freedom, potentially disturbing thoughts arise and go without leaving a trace. —Mathieu Ricard   The state of pure consciousness without content… is something that all contemplatives have experienced. —Mathieu Ricard. . . an awareness that is free from thought and movement, has no sense ofinside or outside, and is utterly clear and transparent, like space.—Ju Mipham, quoted by Ken McLeod, “Anger,” Tricycle Fall 2019, p. 93Not impassioned with forms— seeing a form with mindfulness firmdispassioned in mind,one knowsand doesn’t remain fastened there.While one is seeing a form— and even experiencing feeling —it falls away and doesn’t accumulate.Thus one fares mindfully.Thus not amassing stress,one is said to bein the presence of Unbinding.—SN 35.95In your investigations of the world, never allow the mind to desert the body.Examine its nature, see the elements that comprise it, kindly see theimpermanence, the suffering, the selflessness of the body while sitting,standing, walking, or lying down. Then its true nature is seen fully and lucidlyby the mind/heart; the wonders of the world become clear.—Ajahn Mun, quoted by Roxanne Dault, Buddhadharma, Spring 2021, p. 13 —GROWING— With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart: Above, below, & all around, unobstructed, without hostility or hate. —Sutta Nipāta 1.150   To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to purify one’s mind – this is the teaching of the Buddhas.—Dhammapada 14.183Think not lightly of good, saying, “It will not come to me.”Drop by drop is the water pot filled.Likewise, the wise one, gathering it little by little,fills oneself with good.—Dhammapada 9.122No mother nor father norany other kin can dogreater good for oneselfthan a mind directed well.—Dhammapada 4.43The doer of good rejoices here and hereafter;one rejoices in both the worlds.One rejoices and exults,recollecting one’s own pure deeds.—Dhammapada 1.16Wonderful it is to train the mind,so swiftly moving, seizing whatever it wants.Good is it to have a well-trained mind,for a well-trained mind brings happiness.—Dhammapada 3.35 Dāna offering: These teachings are offered freely, at no charge. To practice generosity through making an offering – called “dāna” in the language of early Buddhism – please enter your email and donation amount below. Once you click “Donate” you will be directed to PayPal, where you can pay via credit card (no PayPal account required) or your PayPal account. "*" indicates required fields Email Address* Donation Amount:* Would you like to make this an automatic, recurring weekly donation?*Would you like to make this an automatic, recurring weekly donation? Yes No EmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Generosity itself is a beautiful practice that opens and gladdens the heart, relaxes the contraction of “self,” and ripples out into the world to touch many people – and perhaps, eventually, even oneself. Additionally, many expressions of generosity are not about money. People offer attention, encouragement, and patience many times a day. Sometimes we withhold when it would be so easy, actually, to listen quietly for another minute or to offer a word of appreciation or simply a look that says, “I’m with you.” Try being a little more generous for a day and see what happens. The post Meditation + Talk: The Essence of Practice – Loving, Knowing, and Growing first appeared on Dr. Rick Hanson.The post Meditation + Talk: The Essence of Practice – Loving, Knowing, and Growing appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson.

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