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Dharma Talks - Jim Giorgi - Mar 2010

Dharma Talks

 

 

In the tradition of the Buddha's teaching:

 

In the virtual world of Second Life (free membership) as DoKwang Augenblick I give Dharma Talks once or twice a week at the Buddha Center to an international community, taking questions and encouraging discussion.  Using notes from those talks I have written an expanded version of each talk to share with my readers.  (these are read-only ©2010 Jim Giorgi)

Dharma Talks March

March 2 Dharma Talk "The ABC of Mindfulness"

"To me the way to wake up the mind is to wake up from the dream of the constant mind noise that we find ourselves paying attention to during the course of our day during our normal waking consciousness, that state we call waking consciousness, which really isn’t awake at all, because we're always reacting to situations based on the thoughts we have about them as opposed to the objective situation itself"


March 7 Dharma Talk"Patience"

"Patience is being fully present, with no attachment to outcomes, no attachment to something you feel is “out there” in time or space.  It is awakening to the reality that you don’t have to feel that you need to get or have something in order to feel peaceful, happy, fulfilled.  Drop that sense of needing and become infinitely patient, infinitely present.  Just like it happened for the Buddha.  The fruits of infinite patience are enlightenment.  Don’t create time between where you are now and your “enlightenment”.  It is right now or it is never."

March 10 Dharma Talk "The Day From Hell"

"It happens often with people who have engaged in some kind of spiritual practice.  They begin their practice and then they will arrange their lives so as to support and encourage that practice and to reduce the stresses of the outside world.  They will meditate a lot, make a lot of progress, and tell themselves, oh I am getting calmer in my daily life, I’m very spiritual.  But then some crisis or minor annoyance happens, and they go back to their old ways of responding, or they talk with somebody with whom they have a problematic relationship, and they go right back to that same old way of responding, with frustration, annoyance, exasperation, anger, etc....

"The good news is that these frustrations that we encounter in our daily lives is showing us the next steps that we have to take in our spiritual practice, showing us the issues in our “shadow side” that we have not yet resolved and that are keeping us from making even more spiritual progress than we have already made."

 

March 24 Dharma Talk "Hello Dalai"

"You are paradise, as we all are. This is enlightenment; this is what waking up from the ego dream is all about.  It is as simple as A-B-C. "

March 24  "Hello Dalai" (Audio)

March 29 Dharma Talk

"Time is a function of the ego.  In being present you allow ego to dissolve, and there is no time.  Many spiritual teachers in the past have said our task is to kill the ego, and yet the first of the five precepts is “don't kill”.  So why would we want to kill the ego?  We don’t want to kill anything!  We don’t want to kill the ego because it is a tool we have created to deal with reality.  Sometimes it’s an efficient tool, but when we adopt a defensive posture in order to create more feeling of separation, or immerse ourselves in negative reactions to events around us, it becomes the proverbial double-edged sword that can cut those around us but cut us just as easily."

March 29 (Audio)

 

 

See also:

Buddha Center website for the Buddha Center in Second Life

Second Life Dharma Talks on YouTube

My Recommended Library

Namaste

©2010 Jim Giorgi/DoKwang Augenblick

 

 

 

 

 

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