Oakville Zen Meditation

Dharma Lecture

507: Only impermanence is permanent June 8 24

                                                        Only impermanence is permanent Asked what was the most important message of his 50 years of teaching, the Buddha, without hesitation, replied to these words. “Everything is transient, work diligently to appreciate and experience your impermanence.” It was his last words a few minutes before dying from mushroom poisoning. As Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki […]

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506: The secret of life is to die before we die June 2 24

The secret of life is to die before we die Death will evaporate if you don’t be too attached to all that stuff that is not the real you.  What is not you is how your ego is defining itself, and what your mind-driven self-talk is saying.         Examples: Possessions, the work you do, social status […]

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505 The impossible task of doing nothing May 26th 24

                                                       The impossible task of doing nothing.                                Zen says: “Doing nothing is doing something called nothing.” How often you are doing nothing? Never because: We have mandatory duties of all sorts all day long. On top of it, we are creating our abusive to-do list, and engaging in ongoing multi-tasking. Our body and mind […]

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504 The Second Noble Truth Part 1 by Miranda 19//5/24

The Second Noble Truth Part 1 In the First Noble Truth, the Buddha explained about Dukkha. Whether we call it suffering, disatisfactoriness, or uneasiness, the fact is that Dukkha is pervasive, life comes with painful challenges and difficulties for everyone. What causes Dukkha?  In the Second Noble Truth, the Buddha explains that tanha is the […]

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#503 Don't swallow your own poison pill May 11 24

Don’t swallow your own poison pill  The Buddha defines the First Noble Truth as “ Life is suffering “meaning unhappiness, dissatisfaction, or any other negative feelings. “Noble” means genuine, true, real, or ruth. He calls the causes of suffering “the 3 poisons”.  They are: desires, hatred, and Ignorance better called Illusion/Delusions. We talked about it […]

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#502 MEDITATION: Dysinformation & fake news Part II May 5th 24

  Meditation: misinformation & fake news  Part II Meditation is fun. Meditation is neither fun nor boring. Meditation is what it is. Judging the quality of your meditation must be avoided since struggling is the norm and a source of quitting. Sitting is the only way to meditate.Any still body posture including the position of the […]

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501 Dysinfo. & fake news about meditation. Part 1 28 Ap 24

  Misinformation & fake news about mindfulness-based meditation Part I Here is a list of the most common fake news and misinformation regarding meditation.  Found online, the list is not exhaustive and not in any specific order. The main purpose of practicing meditation is to suppress thoughts: No The main purpose is to tame, then, eventually, […]

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#500! The human mind is the perfect crystal ball April 21st 24

 The perfect CRYSTAL BALL The human mind is the greatest crystal ball. It has no match. Besides mandatory planning such as our social and professional activities, our mind is in dreaming states most of the time, wandering mostly in the fictional future, sometimes in the fictional past, and very seldom in the existing present moment, […]

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499 The miracle of the present moment: How and why April 13th 24

Where is your mind? Most often our mind wanders in fictional thoughts, feelings, past, or future because dreaming is more attractive if not exciting than just doing ordinary, dull stuff such as drinking a cup of tea, being in the shower, or commuting your car.    Bringing mind and body together in the present moment: Being […]

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#498: Attributes towards Awakening Part II April 6 24

    Awakening         Main attributes toward equanimity, and eventually Awakening Part 2 To be awakened in its Eastern philosophical root means not to be a daydreamer that is to realize that our mind is the greatest illusionist of all time.  The practice of meditation is the best tool not to be trapped in its tricks. Here is […]

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