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 precepts are a rich area to work with. This talk looks at the many aspects of practice that they bring to the fore... Not merely knowing what they precepts are, but contemplating them in an immediate way in our lives.
The means to freedom is the cultivation of the heart/mind by means of the tool of mindfulness... Ultimately we come live from a place of wisdom and loving kindness, through understanding the nature of our exitstence.
Without being aware of it, these 5 faculties are being developed the moment we begin to practice the dharma with any sincerity... this talk sheds light on how these 5 factors of mind are being prepared and aligned, paving the way for wisdom to arise.
Attending unwisely to the moment keeps us trapped in the delusion that experience is personal, me and mine. Wise attention keeps us on our toes - for example: we are not pulled into those little thoughts, believing them to be real. Check to see in any moment are you attending wisely or unwisely?
Our sneaky friend Mara, “The Tempter” needs to be seen in all his guises so that he doesn't fool us. This talk looks at the 10 Armies of Mara that might be operating at any time when we are not being mindful.
Do we have an aspiration in our practice? This quality plays an important role in keeping our practice alive, especially as we touch the truth that all beings are suffering - our aspiration becomes motivated by compassion for all beings.
The skillful means for working with these difficult states of mind(emotions) vary from person to person and even day to day, depending on what is appropriate NOW. This talk looks at ways to develop a gently intuitive attitude of mind to support letting be with what is, revealing the true nature of these emotions. Includes the support of Bodhicitta attitude.
In one way or another all of the Buddha's teachings point towards letting go... other words with the same meaning are: renunciation, abandoning, reliquishing or giving up... This talk is about the what, why, where and when of letting go..
How these 3 defilements of mind - greed, hatred and delusion - show themselves in formal practice and in our daily lives – and how to work with them so as not to be caught in their grip.. thus supporting ourselves towards complete freedom.