Tuesday, October 22nd

Having no destination, I am never lost.
Ikkyu

Next Tuesday we will be discussing mindfulness in everyday life. Here are a couple of things that you can use as starting points for your exploration of this subject:

The first is from J. Krishnamurti:

Can I remain with intense sorrow, pain or shock without any single movement of thought, that is, to give complete attention to it? You cannot give complete attention to it if you are trying to escape. That is a waste of energy. Whereas, if you give your total attention, you are then all the energy focused on a point you call suffering. When you do that, you understand the whole significance, depth and beauty of such an extraordinary fact. And suffering ends. With the ending of suffering are passion and love.

… and the second is from The Guardian: Nir Eyal on how to beat tech addiction: ‘We need a new skill set’

We meet at BIBS and the schedule for the evening is:

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

Tuesday, October 15th

Because the sage doesn’t know who he is,
people recognize themselves in him.
Because he has no goal in mind,
everything he does succeeds.
                           Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Another third Tuesday comes around and we will be sitting, walking and sitting – the evening will be silent. No discussion is planned, so no reading.

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, October 8th

The essence of Buddhism is, if you can, to help others.
If not, then at least refrain from hurting others.
Dalai Lama

Next Tuesday we will be discussing non-clinging. Here are a couple of places that you might start your exploration of this subject:

Joseph Goldstein – Insight Hour Ep. 60 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: Not Clinging to Anything

Gil Fronsdal: Nothing Is Worth Clinging To

We meet at BIBS and the schedule for the evening is:

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