Better than one hundred years of unaware living
Dhammapada verse : 110
Inviting the Dhamma
Our regular Dhamma programme in Budh Gaya for many years was to teach a free introductory course of Vipassana and Loving Kindness meditaion at the Lotus Tank inside the main stupa, before encouraging the students who felt ready, to be part of our annual series of six ten day retreats at the International Meditation Centre. This was always a pleasure for Henry, my retreat manager, and myself and was always well recieved.
At the end of one of these introductory sessions an English woman approached me to offer a donation, say thank you and to ask her most important question,
‘Michael,’ she began, ‘ how can I pursuade you to come and teach in my town in England?’
‘Actually,’ I replied, ‘you just have to invite me and we see where we go from there.’
Sharing the Pure Dhamma has become the most important movement of my life and I put my hands together in anjali everyday to the Buddha and my own teachers for taking the time to support me as I trained in this exceptional and beautiful way of life.
Because we feel that we ourselves have received something precious, the loving, compassionate heart responds naturally by wanting to share that.
However, there is a condition. That sharing has to be invited.
This is not religion or politics, it is a way of being that demands more than just agreement or acceptance. The true Dhamma disciple must test the words of the teacher by applying them to life as it presents itself moment after moment. By being determined and resolute and going past the places in their own life where they usually stop. To put down what they carry and taste the true liberation.
Anyone can recite the scriptures and the words of the masters, but how many can truly say, ‘I know, I have tested the teachings and understood them intuitively?’
To arrive in this place we must invite the Dhamma into our life. It cannot be forced and we must see the need for it ourselves.
We cannot practice for another and we cannot realise liberation simply by thinking or talking about it. Reading about awareness is not being aware. Talking about love is not being loving. Thinking about practice is not the same thing as actually doing it.
So, in the end we have to make our own effort and use the examples of those great beings who have gone before as our inspiration.
For myself, inspired by the conduct of all the masters and true disciples of Dhamma, I have committed my life to the pursuit of self realised truth, beyond religion and other group psychology, and complete liberation from the causes of suffering and unhappiness for more than forty years.
My life, of course is precarious, depending as it does on the generosity of others, but it seems to me that when fear is finished, the universe provides.
From this place of love, compassion and joy of life, everything that the Buddha and my teachers proposed is possible and just waits to be realised.
Our Dhamma life is a personal life and it may begin when we invite the teacher to our town, but can only continue when we invite Dhamma into our hearts.
May all beings be happy.*******
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Part 1. Anapansati - focusing the mind
Part 2. Vipassana - seeing things as they really are
Part 3. Metta Bhavana - the meditation of loving kindness
Part 4. Metta Bhavana (2) - love for all beings
A further three lessons are offered as the continuation of this course:
Part 1. Our place in the world
Part 2. Not body, not mind
Part 3. Ego
The course can then continue further with three more lessons :
Part 4. The reality of Kamma (part 1.)
Part 5. The reality of Kamma (part 2.)
Part 6. Maranusati – the awareness of death meditation
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Each session is for 40 minutes and is a ‘one to one’ exchange where Dhamma is offered to support your life.
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