7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #5

July 26, 2021   |   20 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 13:06.

Dear Open Heart Project,

I’m so glad you are signed up for this video series: The Seven Qualities of the Dharmic Person. The first quality, passionlessness, was discussed here. The second, contentment, can be found here. The third, fewer activities, is here and the fourth, good conduct, is here.

Now we look at the fifth quality, awareness of the teacher. Such awareness naturally arises when one encounters wisdom that cuts through habitual patterns to create transformation, inspiration, and wakefulness. Sometimes that wisdom comes from an actual human being/teacher–but other times the “teacher” arises in books, experiences, or even within your own thought processes. In other words, I’m not talking about teacher-worship but about awareness of what or who is actually teaching you.

Thoughts? Always love to hear from you!

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Jane Deakin

    Dear Susan thank you for your great teaching.
    There is a book called The Cat who went to heaven about a Buddhist artist and his cat!
    Lovely to see the cat again.
    A zen master indeed 🌝

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I will look for that book! Many thanks. I’m also always happy when the cat shows up… xo S

    • Posted by:  Kit Grindstaff

      I had that book as a child! Lovely

  • Posted by:  Cindy Pennington

    Thank you for your teachings. Loved β€œ your hands on your legs…. Or your cat..” 😊

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Cat is preferable!! <3 S

  • Posted by:  Barbara Matakis

    Thank you for this beautiful meditation.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome, Barbara. xo S

  • Posted by:  Noel

    Hi Susan.
    Thanks so much for sharing this series with us.
    Respect for the teacher/teachings a really interesting concept.
    It speaks to me of “openness to learning”, how does this “teaching” speak to me and my life.
    As you said sometimes a real gut reaction rather than a thought process.
    You are a very humble ‘teacher”, respect! πŸ˜€

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thank you, Noel! I’m grateful to hear your thoughts and also for the feedback. Warmly, S

  • Posted by:  Patty

    Thank you Susan for guiding us through a meditation and the thoughtful message.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      you are so welcome! love always, s

  • Posted by:  Gwendolyn

    Thank you for this session. Your clarity on these teachings is always so helpful to me.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad to hear it! <3 S

  • Posted by:  Sue May

    The sense of having a lightbulb moment when something you viscerally know is revealed can feel startling sometimes. I tend to immediately jump to doubting myself, a pesky habit, but can usually get back to the sense of uncovered gems. The teachers whose teachings most resonate with me occasionally state, “Don’t believe what I say.” That seems honest and respectful of the truth within the listener/reader. I think that clinging to beliefs of anything narrows awareness. This is such a lovely series – and the very concept of Qualities of the Dharmic Person as organic seems to underscore this particular teaching. Thank you.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So happy you’re enjoying the series and I am definitely enjoying hearing your responses. With love, S

  • Posted by:  Susie Ford

    Why eyes open when many suggest eyes closed due to distractions around us? Please explain further.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Happy to! Please have a listen to this 4+ minute video. Let me know what you think and thanks. S

  • Posted by:  Barb C

    Thank you for this series; very thought-provoking. I’m wondering your sense of teachers other than humans….I have felt that nature (trees, plants, water etc) is such a wonderful teacher, so much we can learn from these non-human beings about reciprocity, respect, peace, patience, interdependence. Many native people have a culture of awareness around our relationships with other living things and our capacity to see all that we can learn from each other. Thank you.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad you have been enjoying the series. I’ve enjoyed making these short videos.

      As far as teachers other than humans…yes. The whole world has something to teach us. It sounds like you are particularly attuned to the teachings of the natural world. That is beautiful. Please continue to enjoy this very special relationship.

      Warmly, S

  • Posted by:  Iain C

    Susan, although I’m late to the party, this was very timely! Recently I’ve had my buttons pushed a bit in a volunteer organisation I’m part of, and it finally finally occurred to me: This is here to teach me. This is helping me see the human warmth and goodness in those people. This is helping me to better awareness of those buttons, and choosing my reaction more skilfully. Namaste!

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