7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #6

August 9, 2021   |   16 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 13:48.

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 the fourth, good conduct, is here and the fifth, awareness of the teacher is here.

Today we explore the sixth quality, propagating prajna (or wisdom). In this short video, I share some ideas about the meaning of true wisdom and how your ability to manifest and share it is not something you even have to try to come by…the capacity arises naturally from our meditation practice itself.

Quick reminder: don’t take my word for this (or anything)! Have a listen, investigate these ideas, test them in your life and, then, what you find to be true is now your own wisdom. What you cannot corroborate, you can leave behind. After all, your own mind is the true teacher. And with that, I have just given away the whole secret of where true prajna resides.

Thoughts? Always love to hear them!

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Susan D

    You…..OHP….our sangha…..the dharma…..are a lifeline of sanity……with all of my heart, I thank you……..Susan 🙂

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      And you, Susan! With so much love and gratitude, Susan

  • Posted by:  Maureen

    Susan Thank you for your wise gentle humorous and compassionate style. Your invitation is so welcoming. I have loved these talks. I look forward to joining you each fortnight.
    I would be happy to continue to listen to your heartfelt messages.
    The timing is just right. 🙏🏻
    Regards Maureen

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Maureen, so delighted these short talks resonate. I’m glad our paths have crossed. Until next time! Warmly, Susan

  • Posted by:  Mary Lou Basham

    You have kept me in the practice for more years than I can remember. When did the OHP actually begin?
    I feel like I found you early in OHP birth.
    I feel like I know you even though we’ve never met.
    This practice continues to make a difference in my life.
    With appreciation

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Mary Lou, hello! Lovely to hear from you.

      The OHP began around 2013 but didn’t assume its current form until 2014 or 15. A long time in all cases! So happy we continue to practice together and I too feel like we know each other though we haven’t met. We’ve met in the most important way–by mixing our minds with the dharma. With love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Ann Feldman-Lanzo

    I trust myself to see clearly.
    I trust my intuition.
    I trust my journey in this life.
    I will rely more on my curiosity than certainty.
    My real teacher is my own mind.

    Wow! Susan. This talk was an elixir for my soul.
    Thank you so much!
    With so much appreciation,

    And P.S. – The way your precious cat gazes up at you with such love is so beautiful.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Love every word of this!! xo S

  • Posted by:  farid

    Hi Susan
    As always it is a very wonderful talk.For me the problem is that as I hear these teaching , I think finally I find the solution, but in the critical moment as you say I grab the easier way of dealing with situation through the lens of my beliefs and thoughts,as in meditation we must always coming back to “not knowing”, difficult to do.
    In fact these every two weeks short dharma talks is like a booster to our practice.thank you so much.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad you’re finding these short talks useful, Farid. And I truly share your issue of “forgetting” what I should do as life unfolds to instead do what I always do…but have no fear. As you continue to listen to teachings, understand them more deeply, and try, try again–it gets easier. Truly. Just the fact that you are noticing that you deal with situations through the lens of your thoughts and beliefs is a sign of great progress.

      The best advice I ever got on worrying about how far I have to go came from the wonderful teacher, Tulku Thondup Rinpoche who said: “Don’t think about how far you have to go. Think about how far you have come.” Stellar advice, that.

      Keep me posted! Warmly, Susan

  • Posted by:  Diane Mortier

    Ms. Susan-

    -Deeply appreciate your practical views on meditation.

    -Two things I ponder frequently;

    1. “Fake” meditation. By this I mean when I’m drifting off into a nap, night sleep or even during activity, I catch myself watching the breath as “practice” aka Fake meditating. (I coined this term) What do you think of this fake or practice?

    2. Inanimate objects need love too. Or do they?
    I am frequently frustrated by inanimate objects that demand my attention,
    i.e. plastic items not fitting into a carton, pages sticking, broken electronics.
    (I’m sure many 21st century people are)
    When faulty, they demand our attention but do they need our compassion too?

    Merci beaucoup from NW Vermont, USA.


    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Great questions! I think fake meditation is better than no meditation? also, it sounds like your mind is familiarizing itself with the technique, on its own! that is pretty great. In Tibetan, the word for meditation is “gom” which means familiarization, so you’re on the right track. Especially because you notice that you’re “fake meditating” and questioning it. That is a great sign.

      As far as inanimate objects needing our compassion, why not! But mostly you need your compassion when you become frustrated or disappointed, no matter how big or small the cause. That is a great place to start.

      Keep me posted! Warmly, S

  • Posted by:  Sue May

    We enneagram Ones seem to struggle particularly with the anxiety that comes with not knowing. We try to build a sturdy fence around how life should go, and it’s challenging to make that a flexible net with space for what truly is. I am learning (slowly) how to gently shake some space into the structure and see when the constriction of beliefs is narrowing my vision. A fantastic therapist, Insoo Kim Berg, was famous for open curiosity about clients, seeing beyond preconceptions and projections. Thank you so much for your own lamp of wisdom.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Yes, Ones can struggle with not knowing for sure–and usually the underlying fear is of being wrong for not knowing. That fear is worthy of your compassion!

      I have no doubt that with each day you introduce more and more space… With love, S

  • Posted by:  Denise Angers

    Vos propos de ce soir m’ont particulièrement touchĂ©e. Comment savoir qui je suis ? Pour citer un passage d’un livre de prières : ‘Tant d’inachevĂ© dans ma vie, tant d’inassouvi dans mon coeur, tant de vallĂ©es sombres dans mon parcours, tant de tristesse parfois dans mon coeur, tant de solitudes et de murs, tant de fausses espĂ©rances et de blessures’ . Comment continuer son chemin Ă  travers tout cela ? Vous avez mentionnĂ© le besoin de faire partie d’une communautĂ©. C’est ce que je ressens en participant Ă  la mĂ©ditation avec vous et les matins lorsque je peux. Sentir faire partie d’un groupe qui rĂ©flĂ©chit sur la vie et ses mystères. Merci, et mille excuses de ne pas savoir dire cela en anglais.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Denise, how lovely! This is what Google Translate tells me you said:

      I was particularly touched by what you have said this evening. How do I know who I am? To quote a passage from a prayer book: ‘So much unfinished in my life, so much unfulfilled in my heart, so many dark valleys in my journey, so much sadness sometimes in my heart, so many solitudes and walls, so many false hopes and wounds’. How to continue his way through all this? You mentioned the need to be part of a community. This is how I feel as I participate in meditation with you and in the mornings when I can. Feel part of a group that reflects on life and its mysteries. Thank you, and a thousand apologies for not being able to say this in English.

      And here is my response, courtesy of Google translate. Forgive any mistakes!

      J’adore la citation que vous partagez. C’est la vie ! Il est toujours inachevĂ©. Le voyage est en cours. C’est l’une des raisons pour lesquelles la communautĂ© est si importante. Les amis et les autres chercheurs fournissent le soutien et la gentillesse (et l’irritation) dont nous avons besoin pour rester sur le chemin, mĂŞme sans savoir oĂą il va. Je ressens Ă©galement une gratitude incroyable pour ce groupe qui rĂ©flĂ©chit Ă  de tels mystères. Je suis très heureux que nous soyons sur le chemin ensemble. Avec amour, Susan

      I love the quote you share. This is life! It is always unfinished. The journey is ongoing. This is one of the reasons that community is so important. Friends and fellow seekers provide the support and kindness (and irritation) we need to stay on the path, even without knowing where it is going. I also feel incredible gratitude for this group that reflects on such mysteries. I am very glad we are on the journey together. With love, Susan

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