-1- What the Buddha Taught. A series of lecture-discussions sponsored by Oxford Soto Zen Suggested by Les Kaye Led by Jimmyle Listenbee Based on What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula. -2- Lecture 10 Chapter 7 ‘Meditation’ or Mental Culture. -3- Two Kinds of Illness.
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A series of lecture-discussions sponsored by
Oxford Soto Zen
Suggested by Les Kaye
Led by Jimmyle Listenbee
Based on What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
-4-Buddhist Meditation Often Misunderstood
IT IS NOT
Escape from Daily Activities;
Remote & Removed from Society;
Absorption in Mantras or Mystic Thoughts.
A Method of Developing Esoteric Spiritual Powers;
The Cultivation of “One-Pointed Mind” Toward Higher Mystic States
a[read p. 68 ‘All these – nothing more.’]
An Analytical Method
ALL 4 OF WHICH SUPPORT THE OTHER 3
In all forms of Zazen:
Simple Aids for Beginners
All Forms Utilize Dhyani Mudra
Lotus Half-Lotus Burmese
Seiza Chair/Bench Lying
Chair or Bench
Standing on 2 Feet
Standing on 1 Foot
Being aware of every word and action
cREAD: p. 71 ‘Another very important…where it is relevant’
JL’s Notes: imaginary worries & problems; desires & speculations; escape from life.
Best practiced in daily life, but if emotion comes up in Zazen, use the same technique:
“One should be bold and sincere and look at one’s own mind as one looks at one’s face in a mirror.” - Buddha/Middle Path
DISCUSSION: esp. examples pp. 73-74
Rahula says, “We must admit that very often we are afraid or ashamed to look at our own minds. So we prefer to avoid it. ” - p.73
The 5 Hindrances
The 7 Factors of Enlightenment
The 5 Aggregates
The 4 Noble Truths
The 4 Sublime States
Any Dharma text is suitable; a teacher may assign one: Les has assigned me the Metta Sutta, and the Six Paramitas. Cornelia has recommended The Noble Eightfold Path.