Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Seven)April 12, 2021 | 28 Comments
Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 22:17.
Dear Open Heart Project,
Hello, I hope you are well and finding some more space and calm in your life.
Today, I share some thoughts on the 7th step on the noble eightfold path, Right Concentration. I find this has much more to do with flow than anything else. Please have a listen and let me know what you think.
In this series, we have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood and Right Effort. Next week, we come to step eight, Right Mindfulness. What will happen after that? I have some ideas! Please let me know in comments if there are any particular topics you’d like to see covered. I’ve so enjoyed connecting with you on these wonderful topics and look forward to continuing.
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Program description: The traditional Buddhist image of compassion is the many armed Bodhisattva, Avalokitesvara, whose nature is to “lend a hand” to those who suffer: to nourish, inspire, heal, and protect. But how does such compassion work? When life presents us with demanding challenges that can be disheartening, captivating and at times terrifying, is it possible to “protect” ourselves and others from such challenges or is such a prospect futile? During this 5-session program, we will explore the principle of “mind protection” and how the skillful means of Avalokitesvara can offer us insight into living a more compassionate and fulfilled life.
For the first time ever, I am teaching The Enneagram of Relationships: Connect from the Heart on April 17th from 11:00 am – 2 pm ET.
In your closest relationships, do you ever feel you’re speaking two different languages?
The reason for this is…because you probably are.
The enneagram describes nine different types of people.
Each type has their own communication style, attentional arc, avoidance, idealization and so on.
When you understand your own, you become more confident.
When you understand other’s, you can meet them where they are and communicate more authentically.
Please join me for this three hour workshop on how your heart works.
This month, we are launching an OHP Sangha Author Series. Each month, you’ll be invited to a gathering with an author whose work relates to our practice and study of living an awakened life. Our first guest author, Christine Kane, writes about approaching work from an authentic and soulful place. This program is Free for Open Heart Project Sangha members. Join the sangha here.
We have just (1) spot left for Fearless Creativity: The Austin Writing and Meditation Sessions at my home in Austin, TX on June 23 – 27.