Wednesday 7pm evening meditation at the Center for Health and Healing will meet as usual this week. We begin with two 20-25 minute sessions of sitting practice, followed by a dharma talk based upon the book The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation by Chogyam Trungpa, with discussion. Meditation instruction is provided for those that want it in a separate room. The talk on January 11th will be “Separating Fantasy from Reality” with Derek Kolleeny.
“Usually religions speak of beauty, song, ecstasy, bliss. But according to Buddha, we must begin by seeing the experience of life as it is. We must see the truth of suffering, the reality of dissatisfaction. We cannot ignore it and attempt to examine only the glorious, pleasurable aspects of life. As long as we follow a spiritual approach promising salvation, miracles, liberation, then we are bound by the ‘golden chain of spirituality. If we are seeking eternity or happiness or security, then the experience of life is one of pain, dukkha, suffering.” Chögyam Trungpa, from The Myth of Freedom and The Way of Meditation.
Acknowledging the reality of suffering and disappointment may be depressing at first, but when brought onto the cushion, it can become a liberating experience. This grounding experiencing is the source for entering a genuine spiritual path which avoids the pitfalls of spiritual materialism and bypassing. Understanding suffering – its texture and its generation – is the key to transforming it into the basis for progress on the path of meditation.
Based on The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation by Chogyam Trungpa. Trungpa's unique ability to express the essence of Buddhist teachings in the language and imagery of contemporary American culture makes this book one of the best sources of the Buddhist doctrine ever written.
BuddhaDharma Sangha meets every Wednesday at 7pm CFHH, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl, Mount Kisco, NY 10549 http://center4healing.net/contact.html
Please also be aware of our NEW Tuesday night sitting group at a beautiful space at the Aligned Center, 1 Bridge Street, Suite 64, Irvington, 10533, NY. Details here.