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Concentration and Awareness

Dharma discussion on Saturday 15 June 2019

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Thay explained that when we sit in meditation, we first establish concentration by fixing our mind on the area where our in and out breaths touch our skin: the touching point. It is the area around our nostrils and the top of the upper lip. Once we have established concentration, we can progress into establishing awareness by following our in and our breaths. In this way, through regular practice, we will able to realise the true nature of our mind.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya

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Our Practice in a Nutshell

Dharma discussion on Saturday 1 December 2018

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Thay explained that the reason why we practice sitting meditation is to calm our defiled and conditioned mind so as to realise our true mind. Our true mind is indestructible, immutable, unconditioned and not subjected to death and decay. When we abide in our true mind, we will able to live in equanimity and tranquillity, and see the true nature of things. We are no longer attached to pleasures or stressed by afflictions. Liberation is thus attained.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya

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As Strong As Diamond

Dharma discussion on Saturday 14 July 2018

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Thay taught that regular meditative practice, be it breath meditation, mantra recitation or visualisation on holy objects, leads to strong mental stability. Like a strong diamond cutting tool, a strong stable mind can ‘cut through’ the negative energies of worry, anger, despair, anxiety, etc.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya

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Resistances

Dharma teachings from the 8 Precepts Retreat 11 – 12 November 2017

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Thay explained that we sometimes experience resistances when we want to engage in our spiritual practice. This is due to the presence of negative energies associated with us. We can generate positive energies, such as doing repentance, sharing of merits, interacting with spiritual friends, etc, to counteract the negative energies so that we can continue in our practice.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya