19 Aug 2015

Meditation is on loving-kindness.

After the meditation, Alan reminds us of the importance of viewing the preliminary practices as foundational to all our practice. They are not finished when the meditation ends but rather they should embue all that we do in daily life.

Alan then provides advice on making the most out of our retreat experience. In particular we should see this as “prime time” for the creation of new habits and the reconstruction of our sense of self. He presents two modalities that we can adopt. First is to cultivate being “naked” by not adorning or reifying ourselves and to be “just this”. The second option is to “clothe ourselves well” as Avalokitesvara and send out loving kindness to all sentient beings.

The meditation starts at 6:14

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