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From time to time, a participant in one of our Mindfulness Courses, via Zoom, criticises our donation model.

Background.

Around 2011, I created a new website, Mindfulness Training Course, and started an online Mindfulness Training Course (MTC). Around 80 people per year or more worldwide participated in the Course for the next five years. There were also weekly groups meetings in city centres or homes using the Course as a foundation for weekly mindfulness practices. Continue reading 



Buddha Study Guide. Join our Monthly meeting. Themes of Discourses. For June, July, August and September 2022

Join the BUDDHA STUDY GUIDE (BSG) meeting. No charge.
A One Day per Month Study of specific and most-loved Discourses of the Buddha.
The BSG was expanded from 48 pages to 73 pages on 25 May 2022 with summaries of 13 more discourses and PDFs of discourses of the Buddha.
Next meeting on 25 June 2022
You can join any time during the year.
Two 60-minute sessions, plus 30 minute exchange Suchitra, the assistant, at end of first meeting.
We invite donations to support the teachings. See top right of home page.
Register with Suchitra. s.shenoy@gmail.com
Register to receive Zoom link from Suchitra.
We have explored 10 Discourse so far in the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha in the BSG. Sessions include reflection, short, guided meditation, talk and Q and A with a view to making the teachings applicable for 21st century daily life.

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Zoom. India time Zone. Transforming Corruptions of the Mind. Buddha Study Guide. Saturday 14 May 2022. Two 60-minute sessions.

We will address corruptions in the mind, such as greed, envy and negativity to see and know the end of such unhealthy patterns.
We will also explore conventional views of everyday mind and recognition of views emerging from the depth of our being.
Two 60-minute meetings take place on Saturday 14 May 2022. Themes make use of two of Buddha’s discourses. See times below.
Sutta 7 – Simile of the Cloth and Sutta 1 The Root of All Things. The first discourse explores ways to free from heart-mind from corruption and later session includes exploring fixed and often shallow views in the mind and capacity to see deeper.

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Identity and The Outsider. The Meaning of the novel by Albert Camus of France

During the Covid lockdown in 2021, I re-read The Outsider after 54 years. A powerful novel written by Albert Camus of France. I emailed Margaux in Paris of my appreciation for the novel. She kindly posted to me an illustrated English version of The Outsider (also occasionally translated as The Stranger). I gave a recorded talk on identity and the outsider in the Waldhaus Zentrum, Andernach, Germany in early May, 2022. Continue reading 



Does meditation and spirituality collude to glorify the Here and Now?

From a Participant in our MTTC (Mindfulness Teacher Training Course).

Dear Christopher,
Thank you for your reflections on past, present and future.
I picked up the word ‘Now’ during your latest talk.
I was wondering if you were referring to Eckhard Tolle, who always speaks of the present in terms of this is the only realm that is.
The past is gone and can’t be changed, the future is not here yet and will never be. The only ‘time’ to change is the NOW referring to the present.
All that is, is what we are now taking in the past as something that has formed us in a way as a river that gave shape to the valley it runs through.
At the same time is the present giving us the opportunity to flourish freshly every day, making every day brand new. Taking this into account life’s wonderful.
Although it might sound naive but doesn’t that exclude planning the future?
Love,
PS: Tomorrow morning session I have to leave by 9.45 o’clock.

Dear …
Thanks for message. Ah I see you planned the future in terms of ending your time in the session at 9.45 am. Thank you for letting me know.

The language of the Now includes:

  • Here and Now
  • Present Moment,
  • Just This.
  • No past. No future.
  • Nowhere to Go.
  • Nothing to do.
  • Pure Being,
  • Just Being.

Buddhist texts have here and now in them – a translation bearing no relationship to the Sanskrit or the Pali. The original Pali is ditthe-dhamme – literally, the view of something, past, present or furure.
This language of the glorification of the here and now has been in use for centuries. It is unhelpful.
The Now means experiencing a variety of sensations through the five senses and mental activities. These sensations depend upon the causes and conditions arising in the near and far past.
Being in the now, being absorbed in the now, can generate a blind spot to the evolution of life, to becoming, to vision and outcome/consequences of past/present and future.
I regard being stuck in the Now as a cage, small and contracted. We can stand back and witness what goes in the present as well as be absorbed in the present in healthy ways.

Some believers   have become Nowists claiming the past and future is in the present. Who can show the past and future in the present?
Some believers have become Nowists claiming the past and future is not in the present. Who can show in the present what is not related to the past and not related to the future.

Liberation remains unbound to past, present and future. Liberation does not depend on frequent to exposure to sensations through the senses of the Now.

The use of capital letters for the Now do not make the here and now substantial, nor cut ot off from past and future. The Now cannot stand with a unique, independent self-existence unrelated to past and future.

I cannot perceive a perpetually wonderful Now.

An awakened life requires no sensations for its confirmation. The now is an inseparable feature in the middle of the three fields of time – past, present and future.
I trust this is helpful.
Love

Christopher

 

 

 

 

 




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