Mid-April 2017  -  Meditation Newsletter from Vipassanā Fellowship

"I used to think that suffering had no purpose, and that healing was no more than the relief of pain. I have now discovered that suffering and healing are the gateway to love."   - Nikolai Gogol

Meditation Newsletter
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On the cushion and online:

Vipassanā Fellowship's meditation course has been offered online for 20 years and we are happy to announce that places are available for our April 2017 session. The course runs for 10 weeks and begins on April 22nd. Do join us.

The course is an opportunity to learn to meditate or to refresh and deepen an existing practice. We focus on developing a fruitful and sustainable meditation practice inspired by over 2,500 years of tradition but appropriate for today's lives in many cultural contexts. Many people have found it to be an inspiring and supportive way to begin a new year of practice.

The session serves as a practical introduction to samatha (tranquillity or serenity) and vipassanā (insight) techniques. Intended primarily for beginners - of any faith or none - the course is also suitable for experienced meditators who wish to explore different aspects of the tradition. The emphasis is on building a balanced meditation practice that is compatible with home life.

The course offers daily material for each of the 10 weeks, interaction between participants and support from the tutor. Participants also have access to audio guided meditations and chants to support the text. The course will be led by UK based meditation teacher Andrew Quernmore, a meditator with more than 35 years' experience.

The course begins on April 22nd and ends on June 30th. Application details and further information is available here:

http://www.vipassana.com/course/

 

Parisā

Each month our Parisa members focus on a particular topic from the tradition. Over the year we cover practical meditation, cultural background and philosophical topics to help nourish our ongoing daily meditation practice. Parisa is a dispersed community of dedicated meditators around the world who have come together through engaging in one of Vipassana Fellowship's 10 or 12 week meditation courses. If you recently finished our January course this is an excellent way to nurture your ongoing practice.

http://www.vipassana.com/parisa/

A Mind Revealed (second edition)

 

A Mind Revealed

By Ven. Dhammajīva

 

Venerable Uda Eriyagama Dhammajīva Maha Thero is the Abbot and Chief Preceptor of Meetirigala Nissarana Vanaya, a monastery in the strict forest tradition in Sri Lanka, one of the country’s most respected meditation monasteries.

A Mind Revealed, Ven. Dhammajīva's book of teachings on the dependent arising of sensory consciousness, is now available in its Second Edition as a free download from Vipassanā Fellowship.

 

"Once, a yogi on retreat climbed over a nearby mountain, overlooking the sea. It was the end of the day and the sun was setting and he silently enjoyed the beauty of the setting sun, its vibrancy, colour and peaceful descent into the ocean. He thought to himself, “how beautiful the world is, yet people are so caught up in worldly pursuits that they never pause to appreciate the beauty that unfolds naturally. They take picturesof these beautiful images or try to capture them in paintings and take them home to be appreciated later, when they have some respite from their busy daily schedules”.

On his return, he recollected his experience to his teacher. His teacher listened and explained to him that if he had paid attention to the operation of eye-consciousness, he would have realised that his mind was far more intriguing and beautifu lthan the setting sun. Without this state of mind, he could not have appreciated the beauty of the scene that unfolded before him.If you are absorbed in the beauty of an external projection, you betray the beauty of the mind receiving it.  In reality, the intrigue and beauty of the external is only a projection of the mind. It is the mental state receiving it that makes what is seen appear so special!  When you mindfully observe the operation ofyour mind, you see that the quality attributed to the external object is in reality a projection of your own state of mind. Beautiful objects are frequently seen through our eyes. In order to appreciate their beauty, our minds must be even more beautiful.

The Buddha explained that the operation of our mindis far more intriguing than the objects we see. A mind that is in an unpleasant state will only see unpleasantness in this world. A beautiful mind will always see noteworthy qualities. This is the reality of perception and external projection."

 

 You can download this new edition of  'A Mind Revealed' and several other books by Ven. Dhammajīva here:

http://vipassana.com/meditation/dhammajiva/

 

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