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What Kind of Ancestor Are You Willing To Be?

What Kind of Ancestor Are You Willing To Be?

We’ve been in Japan the past month and wanted to share some of the fruits of our practice with you. We also wanted to share one of the dharma talks from the most recent U.S. retreat in Colorado.

See below for a letter from each of us, and the video dharma talk entitled, “What Kind Of Ancestor Are You Willing To Be?”

Best in Love!

Peggy and Larry

Cultivating Liberation and Awareness of the Mind

Cultivating Liberation and Awareness of the Mind

A Dharma talk by Larry Ward from Saturday, April 29, 2017

"Knowing how to be happy, imaginative, compassionate, wise and relevant as a human being is not easy. I find much of my frustration is coming to terms with that fact. And we search for answers outside ourselves in many ways, books, training, etc, but the point in mindfulness practice is to learn through direct experience. This is what knowledge means in Buddhism: the experiential encounter with your own insight. And down the centuries, insights have been written down in sutras, rituals, books, and temples get built... But you have to remember that human insight preceded all of those manifestations, and that insight comes from our own heart, and our own mind. Approx 1hr 30 min

Developing Powers of Unobstructed Reflection (Larry Ward, PhD)

Developing Powers of Unobstructed Reflection (Larry Ward, PhD)

“Meditators from thousands of years ago chose topics to look deeply into (while meditating)… Train yourself: train your mind to recognize the rising of a hindrance. And train your mind to recognize the fading away of a hindrance… this is the Heart Sutra by the way: phenomena rises, and disappears. So even if you just sit for ten minutes every morning, pay attention to the rising and fading away of your breath, in order to train yourself to become comfortable with the rising and falling of everything.

As you do, you will get more at ease: I don’t mean comfort from a furniture point of view, I mean deep ease, stability, solidity, with the experience of the rising and falling of all things.” -Larry Ward

Approx 1hr 15min