Balancing Emotions As Circumstances Change

by Peter Carlson on October 8, 2015

The focus of this talk is how the Four Noble Truths are manifested while applying the lojong mind training aphorisms.  Reviewing aphorisms discussed in previous meetings, Peter described how the cultivation of internally stable focus and emotional balance creates the optimal “platform of awareness” for the practice of vipassana.  Vipassana, in turn, reveals the physical, emotionally urgent driver of the internal narrative-the “selfing story”-and thi is the first Noble Truth, direct awareness of internal distress and confusion. This practice then reveals the “dreamlike” characteristics of the “selfing” process, distinguishing the difference between the internal narrative and the more fundamental experience of physical sensation, the craving and clinging characteristic of the second Noble Truth.  The decrease potency of emotional reactivity provides detachment and relief from the distress and confusion, characteristic of the third Noble Truth, and the fourth Noble Truth, the Eightfold Path, provides the ways and means to accomplish this.  This ability to combine clear awareness and benevolent intention fulfills the core teaching of lojong, tonglen, the Tibetan practice of compassion.  Here are the notes prepared for the talk:  Balancing The Changing Mind

Next week’s discussion will explore the importance of Right Speech in relationships.

We Have The Dates For A One Week Retreat!

by Peter Carlson on September 25, 2015

We will have another 7 day mindfulness of breathing retreat at Deerhaven February 20-27.  Here is the flyer for the event:  Deerhaven Retreat Flyer   Space is limited, so don’t wait to register!

Marywood Weekend Retreat Report September 22 2015

by Peter Carlson on September 25, 2015

This retreat was themed around mindfulness of breathing practice with the intention to cultivate “a peaceful abiding”, that is, a quality of awareness that is undisturbed by thoughts and unaffected by emotional urgency.  Peter described the general format of the retreat and this was followed by reports and discussion from those who attended the retreat and were present for the talk.

The Commitments Of Mind Training September 16 2015

by Peter Carlson on September 17, 2015

This talk reviews the training aphorism “Keep three points in mind”, which emphasizes the cultivation of virtue  through the five precepts, the value of avoiding self defense or self gratification, and the importance of patience.  This included some discussion about ways to integrate these awarenesses into daily life experience.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:   The Commitments Of Mind Training

Upcoming Introductory Meditation Course

by Peter Carlson on September 10, 2015

Here is the flyer for the upcoming introductory meditation course, which begins Monday, October 19, ending November 9, at the Winter Park Women’s Club:  8 fold path flyer

This course is suitable for beginning and more practiced persons interested in Buddhist mindfulness meditation.  The teacher, Peter Carlson, has practice mindfulness meditation since 1982 and teaching these courses since 1993.

Proficiency Of Mind Training

This talk covers four of the lojong mind training aphorisms, “All dharma has a single purpose”, “Of the two judges, rely on the principal one”, “Always have the support of a joyful mind”, and “You are proficient if you can practice even when distracted”.  Peter changed some of the wording of the aphorisms, to be […]

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Living A Life For Awakening

This week’s talk focuses on the value of building a lifestyle around daily meditation practice and integrating the lojong aphorisms into daily life routines.  Peter talked of how his spiritual growth matured over the 33 years as a householder committed to realizing the Noble Eightfold Path.  Peter mentioned the slogans from Alcoholics Anonymous, “One day […]

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