Meditate after Work: Oct 23 Teachings Recap

Learning to let go & Danger of not being Mindful
Finding a low-stress job may be difficult or impossible for many people. A more realistic choice would be handled with issues with the wise strategies taught by the Buddha to reduce stress at work.

The types of problems at work

  • Physical Discomfort
  • Conflicts
  • Disorganization
  • Multi Tasking
  • Some people get stressed just by thinking about the work they have to do or responsibilities.
  • Then women could have more stress at work.
  • Noise
  • Fed Up With Your Difficult Co-Workers?
  • Co-worker has taken credit for all of your hard work again.
  • You’ve made a major mistake
  • You’re overwhelmed with work
  • The job you have is different from the one you applied for
  • You get a bad performance review

Folks were taught about Kamma to understand that even if the co-workers get the credit

Solutions

  • Giving up harmful attachment for things in life
  • Performing duties not for the sake of receiving praise
  • We should abandon the desire to be praised. Then a lot of problems are solved
  • Knowing that helping people is a good Kamma
  • For most of the problems
  • Learning to let go
  • Being mindful by knowing the things that distract the mind-objects

AN 9.64  Nivarana Sutta

This Sutta was taught to recognize the five things that distract our mind and find peace and happiness by dealing them with a confident mind-objects

“Monks, there are these five hindrances. Which five? Sensual desire as a hindrance, ill will as a hindrance, sloth & drowsiness as a hindrance, restlessness & anxiety as a hindrance, and doubts as a hindrance. These are the five hindrances.

AN 9.64 Nivarana Sutta

Lot of people do not know that their happiness is taken away by the five hindrances, therefore people end up developing them without recognizing the real cause for suffering and will put the blame on others for the suffering that you experience.

And also, to control the lustful thoughts in the mind, Asubha meditation was practiced.

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Meditate after Work: Oct 16 Teachings Recap

We learned how to see good in others using similes from an amazing discourse taught by Arahant Sariputta, Dutiyaāghātapaṭivinaya Sutta.

Then the devotees were reminded to control the internal sense faculties rather controlling external sense faculties from the Chacakka Sutta

A new meditation technique was taught to overcome lust, anger and delusion. That was the contemplation of our own skeleton.

Dear Dhamma friends read Karaneeyametta Sutta and try to practice those good qualities to the greatest extent possible while your at work or home for as long as life lasts.

Usually people runaway from problems leaving jobs or even leaving countries when they experience difficulties at the workplace. To overcome that problem we learned a nice story related to a woman killed in the Jetavana monastery and later how Buddha deal with it without running away even when people stopped giving Dana and kept on accusing monks.

Therefore do not to runaway from problems but instead deal with them with a confident mind. Lets continue learning & practicing at Meditate after Work.

Join us on Wednesdays @ 6.30pm to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: Oct 9 Teachings Recap

In the last program the way to act & think wisely when experiencing any kind of feeling was taught.

When you experience a pleasant feeling, if you don’t delight, praise, and keep clinging to it, will the underlying tendency to greed lie within you? No

Therefore remember stress, anxiety, depression all come together with unwise thinking but wise thinking gives you happiness, it finally gives you the blissful state of Nibbana. Read the Full Sutta Chacakka Sutta

Join us today Wednesday October 16th to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: Oct 2 Teachings Recap

  • Taught the reality of food, the disgusting nature food
  • How to put yourself in anothers place
  • The 10 right views
  • Practice the qualities in karaneeyametta sutta

When people do not know the reality of food, at times people become happy enjoying food, at times gets angry, fedup and sad too. The reason for these problems were taught with the help of the Buddha’s realization on food.

These Dhammapada stanza’s were taught to develop equanimity when people at work or home.

Sabbe tasanti daṇḍassa,
sabbe bhāyanti maccuno;
Attānaṃ upamaṃ katvā,
na haneyya na ghātaye.

129. All beings tremble at violence. All beings fear death. Putting yourself in the place of another, do not kill or influence others to kill.

Sabbe tasanti daṇḍassa,
sabbesaṃ jīvitaṃ piyaṃ;
Attānaṃ upamaṃ katvā,
na haneyya na ghātaye.

130. All beings tremble at violence. Life is dear to all. Putting yourself in the place of another, do not kill or influence others to kill.

The path of Dhamma never develops without having the 10 right views. The ten right views were taught.

1. There are results in giving
2. There are results in helping and giving services to others.
3. There are results in veneration and making offerings.
4. There are fruits and results in good and bad actions (kamma).
5. There is a place called ‘this world’.
6. There is a place called ‘other world’ (there is a life after death).
7. There is a special person called mother.
8. There is a special person called father.
9. There are beings who are born spontaneously.
10. There are good and virtuous recluses & brahmins in the world who have realised this world and the other world by themselves through their own knowledge.

Emphasised to develop the good wholesome qualities in Karaneeyametta sutta

The section that was explained from Chachakka Sutta

Ear consciousness … Nose consciousness … Tongue consciousness … Body consciousness … Mind consciousness arises dependent on the mind and thoughts. The meeting of the three is contact. Contact is a condition for the arising of what is felt as pleasant, painful, or neutral. When you experience a pleasant feeling, if you delight, praise,  and keep clinging to it, the underlying tendency to greed lies within you. When you experience a painful feeling, if you sorrow and wail and cry, beating your breast and falling into confusion, the underlying tendency to repulsion lies within you. When you experience a neutral feeling, if you don’t truly understand that feeling’s origin, ending, gratification, danger, and escape, the underlying tendency to ignorance lies within you. Monks, without giving up the underlying tendency to greed for pleasant feeling, without dispelling the underlying tendency to repulsion towards painful feeling, without eradicating ignorance in the case of neutral feeling, without giving up ignorance and without giving rise to knowledge, it’s simply impossible to make an end of suffering in the present life.

Join us today Wednesday October 9nd to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: September 25 Teachings

Dear Dhamma friends, The Buddha taught us that we are attached and bound to the people around us, and the cause for any suffering that we experience in life is due to bonds and attachment. Without overcoming the bonds and attachments, we seek & apply solutions that leads to great sorrow and could harm our life in many ways. Therefore, to overcome bonds and to live life in a peaceful way amidst many obstacles we learned how to handle things in wise way.

Join us today Wednesday October 2nd to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: September 18 Teachings

Pemato jāyatī soko,
pemato jāyatī bhayaṃ;
Pemato vippamuttassa,
natthi soko kuto bhayaṃ.

213. Affection gives rise to sorrow; affection gives rise to fear. For
someone released from affection, there is no sorrow; so, from what would
fear arise?

Ratiyā jāyatī soko,
ratiyā jāyatī bhayaṃ;
Ratiyā vippamuttassa,
natthi soko kuto bhayaṃ.

214. Desire gives rise to sorrow; desire gives rise to fear. For someone released from desire, there is no sorrow; so, from what would fear arise?

These two Dhammapada stanzas and Piyajataka sutta were taught to explain the Chachakka Sutta. Mainly the combination of three things, that is the contact that leads us to feel pleasant, unpleasant and neither unpleasant feelings. You can read the Piyajataka Sutta here and the Chachakka Sutta here.

With these things, the participants were able to learn how to deal when experiencing pleasant, unpleasant and neither unpleasant feelings.

Join us for the next program on Wednesday September 25th to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: September 11 Teachings

Last week we learned the method of examining the gratification, danger and escape of our lives and the things around us. Usually people consider only the gratification or happiness they experience in life. And when they don’t experience that gratification constantly people regret and hate themselves and other’s who took away their happiness. People who go chase after gratification have to experience the danger of life too. Then people do not have good solutions to overcome sadness. To overcome sadness people do many evil things that lead to sadness and failure in life.

A solution to overcome the experience of suffering is to be detached. The knowledge of impermanence and knowing the danger of our life and things around us will help us to be detached and and escape from suffering in a proper way by practicing the noble eight fold path. To do this, we began to study the Chachakka Sutta.

If you have time before you come to the next program, try to read the Chachakka Sutta. You can also print out the Karaniya Metta sutta and the six sense faculties meditation.

Join us for the next program on Wednesday September 18th to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: August 28 Teachings

Usually there is a way that people see and recognize the things that they see, hear, smell, taste, feel, and think. Unknowingly people take these things as things that could remain without changing and will remain in the same way. And people get angry and upset when things change.

Therefore to have a confident mind to be detached and maintain a mind that is not agitated some wonderful teachings were taught.

1) The three characteristics of the impermanent nature.
2) Understanding the disgusting, or the false, nature of the body
3) Seeing good in others

These techniques were taught to develop a mind like the earth when you’re criticized by the society and the when you experience unexpected miserable incidents that upsets you in life.

The impermanence mediation was practiced.

Download the Impermanence meditation on the six sense faculties and practice at home.

We mix with the world with the help of out internal sense faculties. Once you have realised the true nature, you wont get attached, nor opposed nor deceived.

Therefore read this suttas and come for the next program to learn the Shantivada Jathaka. To learn how Buddha practiced patience.

Chachakka Sutta

Join us for the next program on Wednesday September 4th to learn shanti vada Jathaka, discuss Kakacupama Sutta and ways to build a strong mind that is unaffected by criticism.

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Meditate after Work: August 21 Teachings

Usually when people suffer they think that they are suffering because of others mistakes. People tend to point fingers at others when experiencing suffering. But fortunately in the recent Wednesday program the participants learn that suffering arises due to unwise thinking and due to craving.

Meditations that were practiced during the program: loving kindness meditation, contemplating the body postures, & breathing meditation.

So we have attached two wonderful suttas for you’ll to read until you come for the next program on 28th Wednesday August 2019:

Join us for the next program on Wednesday August 28th to learn the rest of the similes and ways to build a strong mind that is unaffected by criticism.

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