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gvngrn's picture

Thank you for this retreat and, for me, an introduction to John Makransky's work.
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kcarlson's picture

This is a wonderful meditation. This did leave me aware that everything is OK--really helpful.

I, also, wonder if this could be downloaded.

Thank you.

anitacarter's picture

Thank you, letting be is so freeing to the mind, body and spirit.

buddhajazz's picture

This morning, I chose to watch and listen to a guided meditation instead of struggling alone on my cushion. It worked well for me, getting me started on a return to the cushion, much neglected these past few weeks. The lesson became a good-morning to the start of the day. I'm ready for it. :)

hrhett's picture

How lovely! Deep and easy, so necessary for me and my new-found anxiety. This is real letting go w/o pushing the mind into some attempted "other" state. Love the language here. Thank you.

imspncycl's picture

Your 3 letting-be meditation would make a wonderful addition to Insight Timer - a meditation app. Is there a way to download your guided meditation? If not to the app - but to my iPhone?

ironchefe3's picture

I had the same response to the story about the cab driver. The fact that she or he was Haitian seemed irrelevant to the story which was about how the two characters reacted to one another. This might seem to be a small thing, and calling attention to it might even reinforce the point - that our recognition of Buddha nature is obscured by the surface reality we all cling to. But as I listened to the talk I kept thinking: is Buddha nature "color blind?"

dharmonia's picture

I may be completely wrong here, but when I listened to this part of the talk, the choice of the word "epithet" suggested to me that there was a racist element in the things that were being said to the driver, which is why it was relevant to mention that the driver was Haitian. Admittedly, it's not necessarily a foregone conclusion that the Haitian driver was a person of color, but I think that's what was being implied.

buddhajazz's picture

At first I too wondered about the need to identify the cabbie as Haitian. And then realizing that much of our cultural reactions come from latent prejudice, often judging within the color of skin instead of the behaviors. The Haitian guy knowing of this, chose the higher ground, quite a challenge for him. In so doing, the guy reacting had an opportunity to then reassess, perhaps, his own inner bias. It was a lovely event.

peace7860's picture

This is a beautiful talk. Thanks.

Letha's picture

Copied from transcript:
And it's from this unconditional ground of our experience that we sense our inner unity with others;
and from that sense of inner unity can also work with others; and, as needed,
challenge ourselves and others, while upholding them in their deep potential and
their deep worth.

I have read over this passage several times. It made a great difference in the way I will approach life situations and people. Thank you.

TriExpert's picture

Very well crafted teaching and guided meditation. Thank you.

A small quibble: "Haitian" may not have been salient to the story. (It may have; but then a single reference to it would've sufficed.) And its mention led to the arising of this question in me: "What was the race of the reactive man?" Even "Haitian" itself is a rather empty concept (in several senses). Haiti is a racially-mixed nation, like the US.

buddhajazz's picture

Yes, we too are "racially mixed" but a profoundly prejudiced culture. I wonder too, what the color of the reactive man. I think it is the subtle substory, the headfake and why it is so powerful for us.

Letha's picture

I am fascinated about what the breath reveals to me about myself. I have realized that the breath can uncover the deep habitual patterns that become strongly rooted in the body and mind over the years. In addition, As I continue working with the breath I discover opportunities for change and growth as a person. By forgetting myself, I can move forward with a healing practice by becoming more involved with humanity. Thank you for this powerful meditation, as well as, the opportunity to keep my heart open to humanity. I am looking forward to next weeks presentation.

mobrien17's picture

Thank you for the pre and post meditation talks, and especially for the powerful meditation practice. Discussions on healing oneself and others are always timely and essential. They speak to the heart of practice. I intend to do this meditation daily and look forward to next weeks presentation.