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Date(s) - 06/07/2022
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm


Please join us online by Zoom, Wednesday evenings, 6:45-8:00pm. We value Sangha (spiritual community) and the opportunity to be together. We will use this time for lightly guided meditation, a short check in to see how we can support one another, and exploration of a Buddhist topic. The facilitator will offer brief remarks and guide discussion as a way to focus our practice on that week’s theme. Themes may run several weeks, but each week can serve as a stand-alone session. We look forward to seeing you and sharing our love and kindness for the wellness of all beings.

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The Wishless or Unbiased

The Gateway to Liberation through Dukkha

This week we dive into the Wishless, or the Unbiased, a concentrated state of awareness that is without preferences or judgements. When we approach our life with a sense of lack, of not being complete, we often look outward for the answers to our inner desires, attaching ourselves to people, places and things, to provide stability and continuity to our lives. Yet, because all people, places and things, including ourselves, are constantly in process and changing. How do we respond to changes?

Being with, turning towards, and seeing through the suffering that arises in our lives, we can see that coveting, craving, wanting equals dissatisfaction. This is what is made clear in the first two Noble Truths. When we desire and grasp and cling in unskillful ways, we create suffering.

Although our lives may be scrambled and overly busy at times, thirsting for this and that, desiring, wanting, clinging to and grasping, or not wanting and pushing away, there is a place of calm that we can cultivate within us. This place of tranquility has been described as ‘The Palace of Calm’ behind dukkha; “The Wishless” or the Unbiased.

In order to locate this place of concentration, peace and equanimity within, we first explore and take full responsibility for our actions of body, speech and mind, our ethical responses to our worlds; develop a clear and available sense of gratitude for what we do have, and remind ourselves that we can change if we make the effort, and that the only wish worth expressing is that all beings including ourselves, be happy.

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