As a monk, I bring a strong commitment, along with the renunciate flavor, to the classic Buddhist teachings. I play with ideas, with humor and a current way of expressing the teachings, but I don't dilute them.
Sitting in a field of fifty to eighty people really starts my mind sparking. Since I don't prepare my talks ahead of time, I find myself listening to what I'm saying along with everyone else. This leaves a lot of room for the Dhamma to come up. Just having eighty people listening to me is enough to engage me, stimulate me, and create a nice flow of energy. The actual process of teaching evokes ideas that even I did not realize were being held somewhere in my mind.
Different teaching situations offer their own unique value. In retreat, you are able to build a cohesive and comprehensive body of the teachings. When people are not on retreat and come for one session, it opens a different window. They are more spontaneous and I'm given the chance to contact them in ways that are closer to their "daily-life mind." This brings up surprises and interesting opportunities for me to learn even more.
I'm continually struck by how important it is to establish a foundation of morality, commitment, and a sense of personal values for the Vipassana teachings to rest upon. Personal values have to be more than ideas. They have to actually work for us, to be genuinely felt in our lives. We can't bluff our way into insight. The investigative path is an intimate experience that empowers our individuality in a way that is not egocentric. Vipassana encourages transpersonal individuality rather than ego enhancement. It allow for a spacious authenticity to replace a defended personality.
Nama-rupa Tathagata dwells "such" Sankhara - programs of self Modes of attention Viveka - Stepping back Two great abstractors: Self & Money Self and money are everywhere and nowhere Abandonment, surrender The ending of designations
The Sankhara of Being Socialized Chasing the image - the "it" How can "I' watch "my" mind? Am I the watcher or the watched? Coming out of relationship to self as "it" Contact, feeling, perception, papanca Abandoning the struggle Pragmatic love
Softening boundaries Unskillful and skillful abstraction Objectification Friendship with the lovely Supports for entering the stream Buddha, & archetypal mother and father Recollection of death Not being good enough
Calm (samatha) & View (vipassana) Healing of body, heart, mind fields (kaya, citta, vaci) Cracks between self and other Moving out of abstraction To not be broken by unpleasant feeling To others as to myself
The defended mind A broken world Gestures of empathy Karmic field of intentionality Trapping people in divisive abstractions Mental conception: A dart, wound & plague The seen, seer, and seeing Mano Vinnana Honey Ball Sutta Generating & stopping the world