Thanks Giving November 26 2014

by Peter Carlson on November 27, 2014

Since we meet on Wednesday evenings, the night before Thanksgiving has been focused on a Buddhist perspective on gratitude and the increasing spirit of generosity that emerges from dedicated mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation practices.  The participants in the group each talked of their experiences related to their practice and this time of year.


Opportunity for Service

by admin on November 23, 2014

For those that aren’t able to make OIMG’s December retreat, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 OIMG has an opportunity to work with our friends at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando during their upcoming volunteer day at the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Second Harvest provides tremendous community support. Join us as we work together to sort food for local people in need. Children over 10 are welcomed with adult supervision. Closed toe shoes are mandatory.  Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Second Harvest Food Bank
Address: 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando FL 32805 (corner of Mercy Drive & Old Winter Garden Rd)

Second Harvest has a new process for registering volunteers for these events. Please follow these instructions:

  1. Click on this website
  2. Once on the above website, click on the big blue “Volunteer Now” button
  3. If you are not signed up with Second Harvest, follow the instructions to register with their organization
  4. The registration process will require that you have a “Join Code.” The First Unitarian’s join code is A100.
  5. Register for December 6, 2014 , 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  6. If you need assistance with the online registration process, please email Steph Garber. Steph is the First Unitarian Church of Orlando’s coordinator for this event.
  7. If you don’t have the means to register online or forget, you can sign up in person on the day of the event.

Please email Tommy Harrison, if you’re interested or feel free to call @ (407) 790-0710. You can also email Stephanie Garber, the coordinator of this event with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando


Practice Questions

by Peter Carlson on November 20, 2014

During this talk, Peter answered questions from the sangha members attending the meeting, with an emphasis on practical applications of mindfulness meditation to daily life routines, particularly the benefits of slow walking meditation.

Next week’s talk is on Thanksgiving Eve, so the dialogue will focus on gratitude, from the perspective of both receiving and giving.


The Bodhisattva Vow and Korean Zen

by Peter Carlson on November 13, 2014

During this talk, Robert Lockridge, a dharma teacher in the Kwan Um school of Korean Zen, describes the four vows for fulfilling the Bodhisattva ideal: “Sentient beings are numberless; we vow to save them all.  Delusions are endless; we vow to cut through them all.  The teachings are infinite; we vow to learn them all.  The Buddha way is inconceivable; we vow to attain it.”  A discussion of the application of the vows follows.


Understanding Nirvana

by Peter Carlson on November 7, 2014

This is the final dialogue focused on the Four Noble Truths for this year, culminating with a discussion of the various definitions of Nirvana and the difficulty with describing such an extraordinary experience.

Here are the notes for the discussion:  Understanding Nirvana

Next week’s dialogue will be facilitated by a guest speaker, Robert Lockridge of the Orlando Zen Circle, and the topic will be the Bodhisattva Vow.


Stages Of Awakening

During this talk, Peter described satta visuddhi, the stages of awakening developed to provide “markers” of spiritual attainment after the time of the historical Buddha.  Beginning with fulfilling the precepts and setting aside the effects of the hindrances, the cultivation of the seven factors of awakening and vipassana reveals the three characteristics of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness […]

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Self State Transcendence

During this talk, Peter reviewed the Four Noble Truths, emphasizing the ultimate development of the Noble Eightfold Path, Right Knowledge and Right Release, the transformation of Right Understanding and Right Intention from concept to direct realization.  This practice moves from “self state conflict” (the five hindrances) through “self state integration” toward awakening as the seven […]

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