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.
How can we not become reactive in the thick of difficult states of mind, events, relationships and situations that unfold in life? By inclining the mind towards equanimity through the growing understanding that we are not in control… things are constantly changing due to conditions. We learn to sit steady in the saddle in the midst of life's ups and downs.
Many different words are used to support the development of wise effort.. Getting in touch with the nuances of this quality help us to not over effort or under effort - this comes with the willingness to explore what is most helpful for us in any moment.
This talk explores the second foundation of mindfulness - Feeling tone... the pleasant, unpleasant or neutral feeling arising in every moment of experience. An important arena of mindfulness because this is where we can free ourselves from the habitual tendency to grasp/push away our likes and dislikes.
The Buddha’s teaching on self examination is a helpful tool to support the strengthening of wholesome qualities and the diminishes of the unwholesome ones. By means of the 4 R’s this talk offers ways to keep the practice alive in daily life.
When we listen to the teachings of the Buddha it inspires us to put the practice into practice. The Buddha tells us that listening to the True dharma is the nutriment for faith to arise.
This talk can also be seen as a tribute to Mahasi Sayadaw.
Of all of the vastness of the Buddha's understanding, he summed up the essence of his discovery with just these 4 truths - which are not meant to be an intellectual understanding, rather we need to see them manifest directly....in all areas of our lives. In this way our lives are onward leading towards freedom.