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December #4:

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  • All Souls Unitarian Church

    5805 E 56th St, Indianapolis, IN (map)

    39.855087 -86.069000

  • Resource Center, up the stairs on your left when you enter the front door to the church, first door on your right at top of the stairs.
  • We'll continue working on analyzing consciousness with the particular goal of seeing how "self" arises and learning to use this to develop insight into what causes us to suffer, what causes us to cause others suffering.

    To analyze consciousness we need to continue to develop our "tool" for "seeing": a less distracted mind, more focused and clear attention so we can develop mindfulness that is increasingly free of "self."

    We'll throw in comparisons with skillful means featured in subsequent Buddhist schools and traditions but we'll maintain our focus on the Theravadan foundations: suttas and abhidhamma. These are the foundational teachings that can make subsequent innovations more comprehensible to those with an already analytic mind. For those more intuitive or gut-based, we'll employ tools to use those modes of exploration while rooting them firmly in clear awareness.

    As always, no prior knowledge or participation in the meet-up is requisite for attending. Training (sikkha) takes time. It's process, our journey.

    Understandably we'll want to know everything but with persistence we will come to know what we need to know as our practice develops. Everybody is encouraged to ask questions but must be prepared to be left still not knowing. Discussing can only get us so far. Words point to something beyond words that the traditions say we "get" in due time if we practice diligently and wisely.

    As with all Buddhist teachings, there is never a charge for attending a meet-up but people are encouraged to practice dana or generosity. Organizers do not receive remuneration. Dana helps to defray meet-up costs e.g. organizer fees, provide funds to organize retreats and other practice venues, and support other teachers and organizations that uphold Buddhist teachings and values.

    RSVP is requested but not necessary. Just show up at the church or venue.

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  • Orlando G.
    Organizer,
    Event Host

    I started with Zen practice in 1985 until I took my first retreat with Ruth Denison at IMS in... more

  • Sharon Z.
    Member Participation, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host

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