Sunday, August 5th, 2018 – Lesson 9 – The mind before, during and after sitting meditation – part 2

Dear class,

Next Sunday we will have the last meeting of our first (of many to come) meditation class.

The reading assignment is lesson 9 which closes in on  preparing the mind to recognize the various types of desire which impede progress to be made in meditation.

As for the “last day” of class each one of us is asked to write a report describing:

  1. Where we are  (meditation wise) at the beginning of the class.
  2. Where we are at the end of the class.
  3. What we have learned.
  4. Any question/concern we may have.
  5. Any request we may have for future meditation classes.

We will continue to touch on the pre-requisite of the mind if we want to meditate before we explain the method to meditate.

The mind of the practitioner is the mind of recognizing the impediments desire will bring about. Desire is classified as the desire for wealth, fame, sleep, food and lust. The purpose of Chan meditation is to quiet the mind yet when we examine our false thinking during meditation, you will find that the thoughts originate from our minds attending to these desires. As the saying goes, we cannot have the cake and still eat it. It is either you make progress in quieting the mind and be able to release your inherent wisdom or to continue to be confused and indulge in desire.

Let the practitioner be aware that when we continue to indulge in wanton desire, the little stillness of the mind is deviant and brings about grave consequences in the future. We will explain the negative consequences in future lessons. If the practitioner wants to know the details, he can self read the Shurangama Sutra first. This Sutra is an essential reading.

Practitioners of meditation know that the bliss of quieting the mind far exceeds the pursuit of the five desires. Yet they are still not attached to the bliss of quieting the mind because they realize that this bliss is a distraction to true eternal stillness. The wonderful news is that every living being has this ability to turnaround confusion into true eternal peace and happiness. The choice is yours to make.

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