Thursday Morning Retreat
with Practice Leader
Thursday, March 13
Afternoon Tea and Dharma Discussion Drop-in
with Maddy Klyne
Do you have questions about practice that you'd like to discuss in an intimate group? Please join Maddy Klyne in the Reclining Buddha Room for practice, discussion, and tea.
Thursday, March 13
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Experienced Practitioner's Group
The homework continues to be Renounce Hurrying
Wisdom Practice Group: The Four Noble Truths
Be aware of moments/situations during the day when you encounter not
getting what you want.
Try and identify what you do want in those moments and what it feels like
when you are not getting what you want. In other words how is not getting
what you want effecting you? How are you feeling about this not getting what
you want? How are you relating to these times? See if its possible to meet
these moments with open-hearted attention and curiosity - with the simple
intention to learn. Make an effort to recognize these moments at least 3
times a day.
Be aware at least three times during the day when there is an absence of stress
or when you have moments of relaxation and ease. Be aware of what this
relaxed state feels like and what conditions/situations that this state
arises. Be as precise as possible in your observation of these moments.
Be aware at least 3 times a day when there are moments or situations when
you experience relative ease, relaxation, feelings of peacefulness, or the
absence of emotional tension. Be as precise in your observation of these
moments, being aware of what these moments feel like and the conditions
which you find yourself in. Don't analyze them but just silently observe
with the intention to learn.
Be aware of a pleasant experience at least three times a a day. And then be
mindful of how you relate to the pleasant experience. In other words take
your reaction to this pleasant experience as a mindful object. Do you want
more of it? Do we notice any experience of clinging to it? If so, how does
the clinging or grasping onto it express itself? Again, the intention of
this homework is to learn and not judge!
Letting Go of Fear, Part II
Be aware and acknowledge to yourself at least 3 times a day when the
energies of fear, anxiety, worry, or self-doubt arise. And be as precise as
possible with your observation of what the signals are that let you know
that fear etc is arising. In other words,' How do you know you are
experiencing fear?'. Possibilities are physical sensations or thoughts of a
particular nature that possibly have a charge or tension in them.
Be aware at least 3 times a day when fear, anxiety, worry, or self-doubt
arises. Acknowledge to yourself the arising of these energies as early as
possible. And then ask an investigative question... "Can I make room for
this fear?? Making room means an attitude of allowing the actuality of our
experience, even if its painful. This an open-hearted inquiry which may
result in being aware when we can't make room because of judgments or
resistance. Then the investigative question is "Can I make room for the
Be aware at least 3 times a day when there is an absence of fear, anxiety,
worry, or emotional contraction. Again, be as precise in your observation of
what these moments feel like and the conditions or situations that you find
yourself in when these moments arise. No analyzing! Just silent,
open-hearted attention with the intention to discover and learn.
Be mindful and acknowledge the arising of fear, anxiety, or any other
contracted state of mind at least three times a day.. Again be precise with
noticing the signals or expression of these energies. Then be aware of any
story that we create around or after we become aware of the arising of fear.
Examples could be "I shouldn't be afraid"; "When am I going to be free of
these feelings?" "For me to be ever be happy, I have to get past these
feelings". Quite often when we experience an unpleasant state of mind, we
react with aversion and then tell ourselves a story about these feelings...
The intention of the homework is to begin to see the story as an observable
The Way of Awareness
As you develop your formal sitting practice, bring an attitude of curiosity and experimentation to the process and find a consistent time and location that best supports your sitting practice. Try sitting for a minimum of 10 minutes per day to start with — and extend the time as the week progresses, if possible. Pick an anchor that works for you — either body touch-points or the breath — a neutral primary mindfulness object that you can return to if the mind wanders.
Also experiment with different sitting postures and meditation supports — a cushion, a chair, or a bench. Find what works best for your body to help develop an alert, but relaxed posture — which will ultimately support your attention to your present moment experience.
As you meditate, experiment with different anchors or primary mindfulness objects to rest your attention on — such as the body touch-points (feeling the sensations arising from your feet making contact with the mat or the floor, or your sitting bones on the cushion or chair and so forth). Or you may choose to focus on the breath (resting your attention at the abdomen, the chest area or at the nostrils). Or you may choose sound. Once you've chosen your main mindfulness anchor, stick with it for the week and see what it is like for you. It may not be apparent at first, but every time you bring your mind back to the present moment, you are developing a momentum of mindfulness. Keep up the daily commitment to sitting meditation.
The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, established in 1985, is a nonprofit, nonresidential urban center for the practice of insight meditation, located in the heart of Cambridge, MA, USA. See About CIMC for more information.
CIMC Guiding Teachers
CIMC offers a place where people come together to learn, support, and deepen practice under the guidance of our three guiding meditation teachers: Larry Rosenberg, Narayan Helen Liebenson and Michael Grady.
Meditation Practice at CIMC
At CIMC, there are a number of different scheduled practices providing many ways to deepen one's meditation practice.
The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center is dedicated to creating a space that welcomes all people regardless of cultural and religious background, race, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, and physical ability.
As Guiding Teachers, we are committed to offering the essence of the Buddha's message of liberation and it is our intention to apply these teachings to every aspect of daily life. We recognize that for many people, everyday life means being subject to social injustice on a regular basis. As a community and institution, we are committed to the freedom -- both inner and outer -- of all beings. Hopefully, CIMC and the Buddha's teachings can contribute in a small way to the necessary changes that will facilitate social justice.
May we all cultivate wisdom and compassion and recognize the interdependence of all beings everywhere.
Narayan Helen Liebenson Larry Rosenberg
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