Tuesday 19th June 2018 | Hosted by Sean
This talk by Matthew Brensilver covers a range of issues that arise for someone who practices mindfulness in the context of modern life, and raises some important considerations for a sangha such as Rebel Dharma. The group listened to fifteen minutes of the talk starting at 13:00. Matthew asks what elements of Buddhist mindfulness differs from the corporate mindfulness that has become so prevalent. He points towards surrender as a defining difference. The act of letting go. But he makes sure to cover the concerns that exist around teachers that have taken advantage of the trust of students who have sought to practice such surrender. Separate to surrender, the importance of wise discernment comes into play. And within those elements of Buddhist Mindfulness we carve our own path. As a group practicing meditation together without a formal teacher it is an important reminder for Rebel Dharma that as well as refining our skills in finding teachings that satisfy a healthy scepticism, the space that can open up from surrendering can be a humbling and valuable step forward in our practice.
From Tuesday 5th June '18 - Hosted by Sean
This talk touches on a range of issues, but mainly on Buddhist teachings on the self. Teachings on conceit address perceptions of both superiority and inferiority. They also address perceptions of equality, which still bring with them the "self", and therefore conceit in a Buddhist sense. The talk provides practical advice on how to work through that in our day-to-day practice. Lower the flag of the self!