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.
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.
This talk explores the relaxed, inclusive attitude of mind so necessary to help diminish the tendency to overreach and strive in our practice, allowing us to taste the simplicity of the moment, as it is - wherever we may be in life.
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.
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.
This talk explores the second foundation of mindfulness - Feeling tone... the pleasant, unpleasant or neutral feeling arising in every moment of experience. An important arena of mindfulness because this is where we can free ourselves from the habitual tendency to grasp/push away our likes and dislikes revealing the beauty of the mind that is free... This kind of mind is the ultimate brand of pleasant.