Karma as instruction vs. karma as belief, meditation as building a capacity of attention, resting in the experience of breathing, Q&A
Living life without a belief system, the four conditions that generate karma and their four results, Q&A
Q&A session on teaching, making the practice your own, and working with the breath and body in meditation, collective (or national) karma, what is life, ultimate and relative truth
Q&A based on students’ meditation on karma and how patterns shape experience.
Overview of Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions, problems of factionalism and sectarianism, and a short Q&A
The characteristics of patterns (mechanicality, resonance, crystallization, habituation, layering, webbing), patterns, personality, presence. Meditation instruction on physical reactions when a reactive pattern begins to run.
Q&A on individual responsibility in political and social issues, relationship between compassion and insight, and instruction on the ‘one breath’ meditation
Paired exercise on experiencing reactive patterns; additional instruction on working with reactive patterns
Recognizing reactive patterns, beliefs as fully crystallized patterns, recognizing choice points within patterns, how a pattern impacts all areas of life
Q&A on dealing with reactive patterns, instruction on working with the undischarged feelings within patterns
Q&A on working with what arises in the body. Paired exercise on how reactions in others triggers one’s own reactivity (based on the six realms)
Reaction to, and continuation of, exercise in AFB 9a. Q&A on speaking in attention, anger and non-violence
Using form as a mode of training attention, importance of resting in attention
The eight components of a pattern and their relationship to the five elements and six realms, suggested reading material
The need for ruthlessness with patterns; using mortality as motivation; attention, intention, and will; the four steps to undoing reactive patterns; ways of working with patterns
Releasing physical and emotional sensations behind reactive patterns; not protecting any area of one’s life from practice; keeping things in balance; closing meditation instruction