Black Lab Consciousness

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Black Lab Consciousness

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:50 pm

This is an hour well spent: Knowing, Awareness And Wisdom
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: Black Lab Consciousness

Postby Kamran » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:50 pm

Thanks for pointing this out.
When this concentration is thus developed, thus well developed by you, then wherever you go, you will go in comfort. Wherever you stand, you will stand in comfort. Wherever you sit, you will sit in comfort. Wherever you lie down, you will lie down in comfort.
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Re: Black Lab Consciousness

Postby phil » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:13 am

tiltbillings wrote:This is an hour well spent: Knowing, Awareness And Wisdom


This is a very good talk, within the first 30 minutes provides a very clear explanation of the difference between the three, and in quoting a Tibetan poem a very powerful praising of the value of sati. I summarized some of the points but then deleted it, no need to ruin your listening.
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(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)
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Re: Black Lab Consciousness

Postby phil » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:35 am

Hi all

Just a follow up on what I wrote yesterday. I hadn't heard Goldstein for a few years and it really made an impression on me. He made this talk at the beginning of a long retreat and apparently wanted to really get people rooted in some basic appreciations, including not only the nice explanation of the relationship between the three factors in the title, but also just a moment of recognizing that we probably take for granted a basic insight we have all had, that our minds are lost in thinking and other processes and we are just being led by our senses in a dreamlike flow most of the time. That realization, and the ability we all have to step back from it, it is a powerful thing that we tend to take for granted.

I transcribed a bit when he spoke with beautiful conviction.

Don’t underestimate the value of this insight, of realizing how often the mind is lost in the thoughts and feelings and dramas of our minds. Because most people don’t know this about their minds. Because unless we have taken the time and turned the attention inward people don’t know, they don’t know this about themselves, and because they don’t know this about themselves and they aren’t particularly motivated to awaken from this dreamlike flow of delusion. So this understanding that we all have…is an important one. It becomes a powerful motivating force, we see how often we are asleep, and it motivates us, ok can I be more awake in my life. So this is the power of mindfulness, it’s noticing, the present momentary memory, instead of being lost in or identifying with what is arising, we know what’s arising, we know that we know.


And then he recites a Dharma poem by a Tibetan teacher:

Mindfulness is the root of Dhamma
the body of practice
the fortress of the mind
the aid to the wisdom of innate wakefulness.

lack of mindfulness will allow the negative forces to overcome you
without mindfulness you will be swept away by laziness
lack of mindfulness is the creator or evil deeds
without mindfulness and presence of mind nothing can be accomplished
without mindfulness you are a heartless zombie, a walking corpse
dear Dhamma friends please be mindful
by the aspiration of the Buddha and all bodhisatvas
may all Dhamma friends attain stable mindfulness
and ascend the throne of perfect wakefulness.


So if you are in a bit of a summer sumbery slumpish state, I recommend this talk for a stirring wake up call. Thanks to tiltbilling for having linked to it.

Phil
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(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
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Re: Black Lab Consciousness

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:39 am

phil wrote: So if you are in a bit of a summer sumbery slumpish state, I recommend this talk for a stirring wake up call. Thanks to tiltbilling for having linked to it.

Phil
You are welcome. Joseph Goldstein is one of the better teachers out there.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: Black Lab Consciousness

Postby upekha » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:18 am

Thanks tiltbillings for the link.

However, I am unable to listen to it as I am short of hearing.it is a pity as I know there are many good talks on Dharma seed.

Thanks Phil for the transcribed section. That was very helpful.

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Re: Black Lab Consciousness

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:47 am

upekha wrote:Thanks tiltbillings for the link.

However, I am unable to listen to it as I am short of hearing.it is a pity as I know there are many good talks on Dharma seed.
Joseph's talks on the Satipatthana Sutta have been turned into a 400+ page book, MINDFULNESS: A Practical Guide to Awakening. It is worth having.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: Black Lab Consciousness

Postby upekha » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:15 am

Hi tiltbillings,

Yes, I saw the book on Amazon and got my mother to buy it for me from Uk. She will return to Sri Lanka next month. I am looking forward to reading it.

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