How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 2)

August 17, 2020   |   18 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 7:58

Hello wonderful Open Heart Project. I hope you are feeling safe and well. It is a very intense time and I’m happy to be back in touch on a weekly basis rather than monthly. I hope you find these short talks and guided meditations useful and empowering.

Last week, I discussed the first step along the eight-fold path, right view. Since the eight-fold path describes a path to sanity, decency, and clarity, I thought it would make a good source of material for us to contemplate. Before this week’s sit, I offer a few thoughts about the second step, right intention.

Next week, my favorite! Right speech.

As a reminder, these weekly emails are completely free. If you know anyone who might benefit from them, they can sign up here.

One more reminder: when the pandemic began in the US, the Open Heart Project began offering free daily meditation gatherings. They have proven to be a really useful way to fit meditation into your day, connect with fellow practitioners, and receive regular reminders that you are not alone. Sittings happen at 9a ET, 3p ET, and 6p ET, Monday-Friday. Each 30-minute gathering is lead by an experienced meditation teacher who is qualified to guide you in the exact practice we do in these emails. Each meditation is 20 minutes long, followed by a 10-minute discussion.

Be well! Stay strong!

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  John Stephen

    Thanks for your shared practice today. It’s so valuable.
    Good luck with your move!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad to hear it, John! And thanks…moving is almost complete!

  • Posted by:  bhakti

    You are a light in the universe! I love your sharing, hope, commitment and wisdom.
    Stay elk and be strong too!
    Much love and gratitude!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thank you so much for this kind and generous message. It is so appreciated! xo S

  • Posted by:  Inma

    Thank you Susan, for your insights, for sharing them, and for opening your heart in that wonderful way that inspires our continued practice. I wish you have a smooth and joyful move. THANKS

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thank you, thank you! <3 S

  • Posted by:  Kevin J Waters

    Hello Susan, Moving seems to bring with it a “Bit of Turmoil” for Me, Not Bad, /not Always Good, But ….. I have been taught that “Right Intention” in my Practice needs me to stop, &, Think about how I “See, &, Think about myself, &, What Habitual tendencies, crop-up in my Life To Notice Where These / my Thoughts are Rooted, “Reflecting on there value” The 1st. two steps have been taught to me as the “Wisdom Factors” A starting Point to Understanding, “The Path” I often have trouble Expressing this Concept, Which tells me there more to Learn. Be Well Susan !

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thanks, Kevin! Yes, moving definitely stirs things up which gives one much to explore. xo S

  • Posted by:  Natalia

    Dear Susan,

    Thank you for your kindness and your time and energy, devoted to the weekly meditations.
    I really love listening to you and feel connected.

    I wish you all the best,
    Kind regards

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So happy to sit together, Natalia. xo S

  • Posted by:  Lauralea Scorzelli

    Thank you so very much for these meditations! You always make me feel better! Lauralea

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad to hear it! xo S

  • Posted by:  Lisa

    Your cat is so sweet looking up at you. I had the house cat sitting with me and it looked like yours was staring at mine.

    Anyway – thank you for offering these teachings. So appreciated. The Sangha lives!

    Be well

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Truly my pleasure. And may all cats (and those who care for them) be happy. xo S

  • Posted by:  Farid

    Thank you so much Susan,you are really a great teacher,and I am grateful and appreciate your wonderful teaching and the way you teach these important teachings.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      And I am grateful to you for this kind and supportive comment. It means a lot to me. Bowing back, Susan

  • Posted by:  Mjcq

    ❤️ this reminder. Thank you as always for all you do. So helpful at times when I need reminding and so genuine in this crazy world -much needed today and very much appreciated. You rock!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome. So glad we are practicing together. <3 S

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