TEACHER:Avi Craimer THEME: Inquiry as a Process MEDITATION: What is a question? INTERACTIVE: Group inquiry and reactivity
Avi: To kick off our month of inquiry, I’m going to lead us in a meditation to explore the nature of question asking. How does the act of asking a question impact your inner life? In the second half, we’ll examine our reactive patterns around intellectual discussion. What does it bring up for us: Do we worry about not being smart enough or are we afraid of sounding too smart? Do we get competitive, shut-down, bored, fascinated? What kind of inquirers are we?
TEACHER: Kevin Lacroix THEME: Returning to the body MEDITATION: Focusing on body sensation INTERACTIVE: External sights and sounds
Kevin: A teacher of mine recently advised: to make a meal, go into the kitchen; to attain samadhi (deep concentration/meditative absorption), go into the body. And so, for the final sit of the CEC’s month of Concentration practice, we bring our focus to body sensations. For the interactive second-half, we will explore our ability to focus on body sensations, external sounds, and sights amidst distractions.
TEACHER: James Maskalyk THEME: Subtle is significant. MEDITATION: Relaxed awareness INTERACTIVE: Mixtapes V
James: Meditation is not something best saved for the cushion. It finds its most unique expressions as it enters our daily lives. I asked Shinzen once how often he meditated, and he said, “all the time”. At first I thought he meant he as always using a technique, but I believe now he meant there was an aspect of awareness of the present moment, its rising and passing, available throughout his experience. We are going to work with that in this week’s sit, the subtle awareness, not single-pointed concentration like breath-counting, but a flimsier, lighter version that can be painted gently on our experience. Then, in the interactive session, we are going to lie down, tune in, drop out, and get played by music.
Avi: In the meditation, we’ll pick a focus and then try to noticeall the spectacular and diabolical ways that our busy mind draws us away. Can clarity about our distractions help keep them at bay and let us stay longer with our focus? In the second half, we’ll roam around the room together trying to maintain continuous unbroken focused attention in the face of some playful attempts to derail our concentration.