How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 8)

September 28, 2020   |   21 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 4:19

Dear Open Heart Project,

I hope you are well, staying strong, and feeling connected to those who can support you. Today’s email brings us to the end of our exploration of the noble eightfold path–but not to the end of our conversations! Next week, we’ll begin a discussion of the Four Immeasurables and will look in turn at lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.

It’s not necessary to do so, but if you want to review the previous steps along the path, the are here:

Part 1: Right View

Part 2: Right Intention

Part 3: Right Speech

Part 4: Right Action

Part 5: Right Livelihood

Part 6: Right Effort

Part 7: Right Mindfulness

If you have a chance, please let me hear your feedback on these videos. Are they useful? Do our upcoming topics sound relevant? What can I do to help

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Lisa

    Thank you Susan

    I’m not sure I have enough words about Right Samadhi to contemplate it🤔… Do you have any more brief thoughts to share?

    Thank you again for teaching us! Have a great day.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Actually, I think the less thoughts, the better. Hope that doesn’t sound like an excuse. However, it seems one cannot contemplate non-duality which is automatically dualistic. Perhaps better to notice it, request insight into it, feel it. Also dualistic, but a bit less conceptual? Keep me posted! Love, S

  • Posted by:  Susan Devillier

    Dear Susan….you are apart of my “sanity routine.”………thank you……and I find whatever you are speaking about to be the very thing I need to hear……..please continue!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Yes! Let’s continue together. With love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Linda

    Just wanted to let you know how much I am appreciating these weekly meditations and teachings. Thank you!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad to hear it, Linda! xo S

  • Posted by:  Kate

    Susan, thank you for these weekly meditations. I look forward to them as a welcome respite in uncertain, difficult times. I hope the community you have created here gives you as much solace as I have received.

    Bless you, stay well

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thank you for these kind words, Kate. They are so appreciated. Sending love, S

  • Posted by:  Arleen Garcia Herbst

    Thank you, Susan, for this generous offering on the eight-fold path. I’ve learned more from you than I ever did in Shambhala. Much like the four immeasurables, my gratitude for you has no limits. Trust you are well and staying safe.


    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Arleen, this means so much to me! Thank you, thank you. My gratitude to you has no limits. xo S

  • Posted by:  Kevin J Waters

    Hello Susan, “Right Samadhi” with it’s “Wisdom” based in Non-duality”, to many a stumbling Block / I’ve learned that the 7 Preceding Steps, along with a daily Practice, Give me the “Awareness” to “Contemplate the “The Eightfold Path” &, Where my Path is Leading Me !! Even when I don’t fully grasp the “Paradox” of Non-Duality, with my vocabulary ! I’m always Happy to have a learned Practitioner, Taking me through Important ! “Life Balance’s”
    Thank You, Peace be with You ……..

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      And with you!

  • Posted by:  Bonnie LeClair

    Do you mean that by achieving Right Samadhi that the mind is in non-duality all the time?

    And, if we have moments or “glimpses” of non-duality, can that be described as temporary Samadhi, and not the ultimate all-the-time Right Samadhi?

    Thanks for any thoughts on this, Susan.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I think so? But, truly, your guess is as good as mine. Literally. Keep me posted! xo S

    • Posted by:  Sue May

      Bonnie, I think that you have something there – the “glimpses” that seem to be what we can experience of non-duality. I find that I get all tangled up when I try to intellectually parse the idea, and that the nanosecond “glimpses” are both rare and time-stopping. I’m not sure that anything can be all-the-time – but rejoicing in the glimpses rocks!
      So grateful for this series. Every time one of the tenets of Buddhism is explored (whether Six Paramitas, Four Immeasurables, Eight-Fold Path, whatever), the richness deepens with greater understanding.

  • Posted by:  Bonnie LeClair

    Dear Susan:

    I have also made you part of my “sanity routine” (I like that expression from Susan’s comment!) and I thank you in my heart often for how you help me to suffer less, and to not cause anyone else to suffer.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Bonnie, this means the world to me. Thank you. Love, S

  • Posted by:  Gail

    I like the structured set of talks. Sometimes I feel like I get a lot of bits and pieces that feel kind of random. Even if you only talk for a few minutes, when it is part of a whole/series, it has an extra benefit.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Glad to hear it! Stay tuned for the four immeasurables. xo S

  • Posted by:  Riitta

    To your questions: Yes, these practises are so helpful! And the upcoming topics sound to me very relevant too:) Thank You so much.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome! Many thanks for the response.

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