Tuesday, February 13th

Next week we will think about “Buddha’s last words” as they related to our discussion of impermanence, and start exploring from there…

“On one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Kusinara in Upavattana, the Sal Tree Grove of the Mallans, on the occasion of his total Unbinding. Then the Blessed One addressed the monks, “I exhort you, monks: All fabrications are subject to decay. Bring about completion by being heedful.” Those were the Tathagata’s last words.”” (SN 6.15)

Here are two articles that further explore Buddha’s admonition for heedfulness. One from Thanissaro Bhikku and one from Stephen Batchelor.

If you are interested you can read the entire sutta of his last days.

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

The sitting takes place at BIBS.

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Tuesday, January 31st

Next week we will continue our exploration of Frank Ostaseski’s The Five Invitations with a discussion of the 4th Invitation, Find a Place in the Middle of Things.

Please feel free to come and share in the discussion even if you haven’t read the book!

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

The sitting takes place at BIBS.

Tuesday, January 16th

The winds of time have blown through another month and swept another third Tuesday into view so next Tuesday we will be sitting, walking and sitting – the evening will be silent. No discussion is planned, no reading required. And…

If you want something to read, here are a couple of offerings about craving:

On Craving

Sallatha Sutta – The Dart

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:00 walking
7:00 – 7:30 sitting

We meet at BIBS – location in the sidebar.

 

Tuesday, January 9th

For our discussion next week, we will continue our discussion of the Four Noble Truths with a closer look at craving/tanha and it’s connection to suffering/stress/unease/unsatisfactoriness/your version of dukkha.

Here are some links and feel free to roam your own dharma fields for inspiration:
Bhikku Bodhi’s translation of Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting in Motion the Wheel of Truth
Andrea Fella dharma talk, The Ending of Craving
Article from Secular Buddhist Association, On Craving

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

We meet at BIBS – location in the sidebar.

 

2018: January 2nd and 6th

For the first discussion of the new year we will be talking about The Four Noble Truths. You can find a selection of talks by IMC teachers here. There are many more talks available online, for example at dharmaseed, so if everyone listens to what they desire we can have a discussion starting from different viewpoints…

If you want to read the sutta you can find the text of the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta here: Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion

On Saturday, January 6th we will be having our regular half-day of sitting and walking meditation from 9:00 – 12:30.

Tuesday, December 26th

Next week we will continue our exploration of Frank Ostaseski’s The Five Invitations with a discussion of the 3rd Invitation, Bring Your Whole Self To The Experience.

Please feel free to come and share in the discussion even if you haven’t read the book!

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

The sitting takes place at BIBS.