Sariputta’s Right View
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsYPbIfrsaM In the opening dharma talk about the Noble Eightfold Path we learned about the dynamic nature of Right View and Sariputta’s Four Edible Nutriments. Edible Food and Sensory Food were discussed. We now come on to the Food of Volition/Craving and the Food of Consciousness. This establishes the formidable presence of Right View – not something that can really be taught, as the practitioner has to diligently practice Mindfulness and Concentration for Right View to trickle in. A matter of experience rather than intellect. Nothing survives w/o food – So Stop Feeding Your Demons!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dyndaoFU68 The Four Principles of Right Diligence enable us to NOT add mental anguish to a situation that causes us to suffer. The Two Arrows Teaching (Sallatha Sutta) is pertinent. Takes care of our fragility and fosters a different response to negatives of life. Right Diligence is the practice of selective watering of seeds. Intelligent gardening in the mind. The work of Awakening.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsYPbIfrsaM If you cannot listen deeply then you cannot speak with compassion. You just create firebombs in the mouth and devastate relationships. Before Right Speech we must examine Right Thinking and look into Deep Listening before an understanding of Right Speech emerges. We must also be aware of the dynamic nature of Right View as it floods all other components of the Noble Eightfold Path. Right View is often Wrong View when it is based on attitudes and strongly held views that encase discrimination. It has to transform through Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration as the engine that changes attitudes and views into Insight.
Interview with A Shaman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO4CN12yo50 Tipi by the Rideau River on Carleton University campus in Ottawa. Interview with an Algonquin shaman. Smudging, journey and sharing while a solitary blue heron stood guard on a rock in the river, right next to the tipi. awesome omen. For significance see: http://laurallongley.com/about/about-the-blue-heron/
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Transmission Ceremony with Thich Nhat Hanh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_5bw_O0uBY Thich Nhat Hanh’s Lamp Transmission to Ian Prattis 2003 at Plum Village. Ian responds with a dharma talk on the Historical and Ultimate dimensions of reality, emphasizing the significance of silence. His Lamp gatha is: “Lotus Sutra sings, Dharma Rain penetrates, My Heart wide open.”