Friday, November 2: Leslie continued sharing Bhikku Analayo’s thoughts and guided meditations on the Satipatthana Sutta. This week we did a body scan based on the traditional elements: earth, water, fire, and wind. Analayo’s guided meditations can be downloaded from Windhorse Publications. Joseph Goldstein’s talk on the four elements based on Analayo’s research can be found here.
Friday, November 9: (Sorry about the missing Tuesdays – your blogger is studying the Nakoda language on Tuesday evenings. If someone else could fill in the missing info, that would be great).
Leslie shared Bhikku Analayo’s guided meditation on death, and a few minutes of Ajahn Sujato’s excellent talk on the contemplation of death. Sujato’s translation of the Satipatthana Sutta can be found here.
Tuesday, November 13: Ayya Santacitta is joining us for the next month. She shared with us the Bhikkhuni Arahant Chant in English and the Bhikkhuni Arahant Chant in Pali. The chant in Pali can be heard here.
During Tuesday evening’s session, Ayya spoke about the 8 worldly winds:
pain and pleasure
praise and blame
fame and disrepute
gain and loss
Friday, November 16: Ayya Santacitta led us in the Bhikkuni Arahant Chant in English and Pali. After our meditation, she read a beautiful poem by one of the earliest Bhikkunis, and spoke about the importance of energy (viriya) in our practice.
Ayya’s interview was broadcast on Mountain FM this morning. When we have a link to the interview, it will be posted here.
Friday, November 23: Ayya spoke of the need for patience, a characteristic mentioned in many of the lists of virtues leading to freedom.
We found Ayya Santacitta’s interview on Mountain FM here.
Tuesday, November 27: Ayya Santacitta shared a video on the history of the bhikkhuni sangha.
Friday, November 30: Ayya led us in a guided meditation beginning with the parts of the body and leading us to wonder at and watch the watcher.