Date(s) - 17/03/2021
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Due to the COVID-19 Nagaloka is closed to the public. We decided best not to have any in person meditation or study group sessions on Wednesday evening or Sunday AM.
Instead we will be meeting online by Zoom at 6:45 pm to 8 pm if you would to join us. We value Sangha (spiritual community) and feel it is important for us to have the opportunity to be together. We will use this time to meditation along with a short check in to see how we can best support one another. Plus the facilitator will continue on our Dharma theme offering everyone a focus for our practice. We look forward to seeing you and sharing our love and kindness for the wellness of all beings.
Nagaloka Buddhist Center
Sangha Night, Wednesday 3/17/2021
6:45pm — 8:00pm
All are welcome!
Over the next few weeks at Nagaloka’s Sangha Night we will be exploring the Worldly Winds. This teaching comes from the Lokavipatti Sutta where the Buddha brings forward four pairs of opposites that can blow and howl like wind in our lives. These pairs are gain and loss, praise and blame, fame and disrepute, and pleasure and pain. In the Buddhist texts these are known as lokadhammas which translates literally as “worldly conditions”.
These winds are blowing all the time in this world and we will all encounter them at some point. We may be going along quite fine in our lives and then all of a sudden something lands in our lap that we just don’t want. We may recognize these undesirable circumstances as loss, blame, disgrace or pain. Our habitual ways of being may result in pushing these situations away, in rebelling against them, which will cause us and others unnecessary suffering.
Other times we may recognize that we have come into quite good fortune. We may experience gain, praise, fame and pleasure. Then what happens with our mind? Do we become consumed with keeping these conditions, with chasing after and trying to nail down an experience that is subject to change? Do we forget that all conditioned things are impermanent, unsatisfactory and insubstantial?
We can learn to recognize these winds in our own lives and become mindful of our habitual reactions. It is possible to bring into being a new way to approach the inevitable swings between the pairs that life will bring. We can work with our minds and open our hearts, engaging in a wise and compassionate way, to respond skillfully to any slight breeze or hurricane gale.
Read the sutta: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN8_6.html
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