Recap from Seattle Insight Meditation Society First 2011 Meeting
I went to the first meeting of 2011 held by the Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS) last week. I typically don’t attend any group sit, with the rationale that inevitably, I wouldn’t be able to make it to the specific time and place, and I would start slacking off.
I’ve been working with two main lectures: The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young for over three years, and Abiding in Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein for a little over half a year. In Abiding in Mindfulness, Joseph focuses on the Sattipattana Sutta, and I just found out that teacher Rodney Smith at SIMS has been lecturing on it during the weekly group sit meetup.
So, curious about who Rodney is, I went to the meeting to hear his dharma talk, and also to take the Refuges and Precepts.
Here are some notes I scribbled down. I did not get a chance to ask for clarifying questions. I may have misheard and written down some incorrect statements. Please take them for what they’re worth.
- You can’t come to that resolution by listening to me. You have to investigate that for yourself.
- We create the pain that we feel in us.
- Violence is created from internal pain.
- Until and unless we own our sufferings we will continue to rage at the world.
- Fundamentalists are riddled with doubt.
- The rage of the world is from our own viciousness.
- There’s a lot of work a lot of us need to do.
2) Ethical integrity
- As we become more conscious and accepting of this process life moves from isolation to integration.
- when you stay in the practice and if there’s an intention to move towards that integration.
- It’s a recovery of self not a condemnation.
- Our ethical behavior will be as strong as our intention to explore our pain.
- You don’t have to try to be good. You only have to be fed up with the pain you’re in.
- The precepts are not an absolute. They’re to encourage us to undertake the training.
- The pause is such an underutilized thing, the take a pause from the conditioning.
- A conscious intention to harm is almost an oxymoron. How can you have therapy without being unconscious?
- As resistance fades so does the internal talking.
- This waking into relationship… relevant to urban people because we are always surrounded by relationship.
- You can’t come to compassion without vulnerability. Because we’re not willing to be vulnerable that we become rude.
- Ethical conduct under samadhi is self driven. It takes self will and ambition. The morality of that is surrounded by the self.
- Ethical conduct under wisdom is seeing the nature of self.
- Sila means bedrock
- Parami, nature goodness
- The path of emptiness is the path of sufficiency.