Going Deeper in Meditation Online with Vidyapala
Mon 26th Apr : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self…
Genjo Koan, Dogen
Vidyapala on Forgetting the Self:
When I sit down to meditate, I’m often trying to achieve something, to develop myself in some way. This can, of course, be a very beneficial approach. But the great zen master Dogen says we shouldn’t practice the Dharma to become a better version of ourselves, but to “forget the self”; to realise that we are not all that interesting and special. He says that it is only then that we can really be of benefit to others. The language of self-development is so prevalent in our culture that I’m fascinated by the radicality of this message.
Over the course of the evening, I’d like to explore how we might meditate with a sense of surrendering the self rather than developing it. I hope you can join me!
About Going DeeperThese sessions are an opportunity to come together and practise, with a focus on deepening meditation. Each week, as a community, we explore different aspects and approaches to our meditation practice. The evenings vary, but you can expect periods of meditation with short talks and discussion - sometimes in small groups - and a ten-minute break around the mid-point.
Who is the event for?
It’s suitable for anyone familiar with the two meditation practices we teach here – Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana – and with at least six months regular meditation practice.
Join this event through the Zoom App• Getting the most out of Zoom • Our online events are friendly and participative, often with opportunities to ask questions and share your own experience. Do turn your camera and microphone on if you can! • If a session doesn't start on time, please give it a few minutes, there may be a sudden problem at our end
• Meeting ID: 838 5290 3658. The passcode is 978741
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