Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher, 1999-2003. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.
Conceit - the I am fabulous/ I am terrible aspect of practice - is the last vestige of identity that can be very hard to see.. We don't need to do anything with it other than be mindful of it's presence as it shows itself.. In this way we are not feeding this tendency. The critical point is to see it.
The Dharma transforms and ultimately uproots the unwholesome habits of mind allowing us to engage with life/the world from a place of love, compassion and wisdom.. this is the great gift we can give to the world.
The uncomfortable quality of doubt that hinders our practice and manifests in a variety of ways as it keeps us hovering and circling around the moment, rather than meeting it with awareness and wisdom.
This talk discusses the range of low energy that might arise for us: exhaustion, tiredness and sloth and topor.. We also look at how these may arise and how to support ourselves in our practice when they do.
The Buddha did not ever, in all the his eons of practice, tell a deliberate lie. The base line for our practice to progress is Truthfulness - it is the very foundation upon which the practice unfolds towards ultimate Truth.
Truthfulness also plays an important role in the world - bringing a sense of trust and respect into our lives, if it is present.
How can we not become reactive in the thick of difficult states of mind, events, relationships and situations that unfold in life? By inclining the mind towards equanimity through the growing understanding that we are not in control… things are constantly changing due to conditions. We learn to sit steady in the saddle in the midst of life's ups and downs.
We can get caught up in speculating on karma which is something the Buddha tells us in not helpful and will make us “mad”. The most helpful way to work with karma is to see it in each moment by noticing the suffering and end of suffering dependent on whether we are grasping or meeting the moment with wisdom.
The four qualities that, when well practiced, place us in the vicinity of nibbana.
These are not new or secret teachings! We are already practicing them when we are being mindful with dedication. This can be inspiring and also bring relief at the same time.