Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher, 1999-2003. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.
We look at various permutations of views and opinions in this talk –
Pointing fingers at others, we miss the fact that we are simply caught in our views and opinions. I am better than you... I am worse than you... all opinions and comparisons that keep us living in a very small world of delusion when mindfulness is not present - we don't see them as impermanent, impersonal arisings in the mind.
Because there are many different styles of teaching related to concentration, this sometimes leads to doubt in our own practice. The intention in discussing this topic is to call forth a common sense, broader perspective on what this important quality is and how it fits into the practice.
The Buddha said these 5 contemplations were important for everyone to reflect on frequently: ageing, illness, death, losing what is precious to us and the law of karma... Reflecting on them helps to diminish pride and strengthen our ability to let go..
This talk looks at what they are – and most importantly seeing how, when mindfulness is not present, we habitually cling to these 5 aggregates believing them to be permanent, solid - “ I, me, myself ” and by so doing we perpetuate delusion
As practice strengthens, it can be helpful to know more about the details of mindfulness. This talk unpacks each the four foundations, giving us a glimpse of the fullness of what our experience entails. It also shows that there is nothing left out...mindfulness covers it all.
When we listen to the Dharma the Buddha tells us that this arouses faith.... It pulls us towards wanting to put the instructions into practice, thus listening to the Dharma is an important ingredient in the practice...
The first foundation of mindfulness: The Body. We discuss the aspect of the four postures:sitting, standing, walking and lying down.... and everything in between these postures. A dynamic way to come to liberation...and one that the Buddha tells us we cannot do without if we aspire to freedom.
Do we have an aspiration in our practice? The Buddha tells us that the quality of aspiration plays an important role in keeping our practice alive and moving in the direction of freedom. This talk looks at the meaning of this quality and how it shows itself as our practice unfolds over time.