Rescheduling from February 15 to our “extra” Monday in February … our second session on The Satipatthana Refrain … February 29.
Mindfulness of the Body study and discussion will begin the 1st Monday in March, March 7, as scheduled. Sue Greer will facilitate and plans to have questions for contemplation available before we meet on the 29th.
~Your Coordinating Committee – Brenda, Carlyle, Carol, Carolyn, Hannah, Kathryn, Sue
Message from Kathryn:
Here are the questions for our next Dharma Study Group on February 15. I am copying the questions for this
session below, and will also attach a document which will have the questions for both sessions.
Thank you for for the thoughtful sharing this evening. These sessions just keep getting richer.
See you on the 29th.
- What does Goldstein mean when he talks about “rallying concepts for developing wisdom”? Have you used mental noting (concepts) to strengthen mindfulness practice? If so, when has it been most useful for you?
- What do you think is meant in the distinction between casual and relaxed meditation? Why is one more productive than the other?
- How does the line “And one abides independent, not clinging to anything in the world” encapsulate the entire path?
- Why does Goldstein make the distinction between the ‘establishment of mindfulness,’ the awareness of what is present, and the ‘development of the establishment of mindfulness’, in which the focus of awareness is increasingly on impermanence rather than ton the objects of awareness?
- “Everything that we call self is simply the pair-wise progression of knowing and objects arising and passing, moment after moment.” And we also see that the knowing in each moment “arises due to impersonal causes and not because there is some abiding knower.” (p. 36) What does this statement mean personally to you?
In your meditation this week:
Explore the practice of noting your experience while meditating. Is the technique useful, and if so, how? How does the noting effect your ability to stay mindful? What are some factors that impact the continuity of your mindfulness? Do you have other techniques to use when your mindfulness is ‘flabby’?