Gross material form, fine material form, immaterial
Fine material form - bodily energy - forms a bridge from body to mind
Breathing can be the moderator between the gross material, fine material, and immaterial realms
The cramped mass of embodied dukkha and self starts to dissolve by working with awareness of fine material energy in the body
Focusing has a subjective aspect
Inclinations and energies of citta are carried into the act of focusing - wanting to get it right, etc
We can do the right thing in a way that's not completely right - a right that fears getting it wrong
Orientation to body, nature
Listen deeply to the natural body - it's a living system, it has intelligence, it knows how to balance, walk, pick something up
We explore the core teaching of the Buddha; he says, "I teach one thing and one thing only, dukkha and the end of dukkha." We examine how we can understand and practice this teaching in terms both of individual and collective dukkha, especially understanding dukkha as reactivity.
This guided meditation includes a body scan and invites the receptivity and letting-go of whole body breathing. Once we have awakened the vitality and presence throughout the body, we have access to the formless dimension, the awareness that is our source.
The compassion that arises from mindful awareness can heal our inner wounds, interpersonal conflict and the suffering in our world. These two talks focus on cultivating self-compassion and compassion for others. They look at the blocks to compassion and accessible powerful practices that awaken the full wisdom and tenderness of our hearts.