Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Six)March 29, 2021 | 36 Comments
Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 16:19.
Dear Open Heart Project,
I’m so happy to send you the sixth video in our eight video series on the noble eightfold path of Buddhism. We have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action and Right Livelihood.
Right View and Right Intention comprise true wisdom. Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood describe how to live an ethical life. Now we turn to Right Effort which, together with Right Mindfulness (coming April 12) and Right Concentration (coming April 26) explain how to work with our minds. After all, no matter how elegant our conceptual understanding, without a way of working with our thoughts and emotions, we remain unable to bring that understanding into experience.
Right Effort is not about working harder. I’m sure you’re already working as hard as you can. Rather, it has more to do with diligence and never giving up on yourself. Please have a listen to this short talk (followed by a guided 10-minute meditation) and let me know what you think! I always love to hear from you.
Sending much love, Susan
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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.