On Monday evenings at the Eno River Buddhist Community in June and July, we are investigating mindfulness of feelings (vedanā) – the second of the four Satipaṭṭhānas taught by the Buddha for cultivating Right Mindfulness.
Through guided meditations, Dhamma talks and discussion, we have the opportunity to become more attuned to the nature of our lived experiences related to feelings. We learn to notice the pleasant, unpleasant (painful), or neither painful-nor-pleasant tone which the Buddha taught accompanies every experience.
Gradually, over time, we become more tuned-in to key understandings which support increasing tranquility and wisdom. We see the ever changing nature of feelings. We notice that pursuing happiness through grasping after ‘worldly’ pleasant feelings is always ultimately unsatisfactory. We become increasingly able to cultivate pleasant feelings that are not based in greed, hatred or delusion (e.g., the feelings that accompany acts of generosity or practices such as loving-kindness meditation or the development of Right Concentration). We loosen the tendency to identify with feelings as ‘self.’
Newcomers and visitors are always welcome at Monday evening practice sessions. We value the opportunity to revisit previously discussed topics, and encourage participation for people at all levels of experience with the Buddha’s teachings.