Emptiness, equanimity and kindness. Zoom, April 2020

Talk by James Low, “Emptiness, Equanimity and Kindness” April 2020. When many people are suffering our hearts go out to them and we wish them well. This quality of kindness is vital to extend our connectivity beyond the people of our personal concern. However from the buddhist point of view the power of kindness is greatly increased by merging it with the wisdom of emptiness.

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Keep it simple: dzogchen in daily life. Brighton, May 2007

Because our life is nothing but moments, events, arising and passing, arising and passing. All that we’ve ever done is gone. Our childhood is gone. We can remember it, we can tell stories about it, but it’s gone. Even our breakfast is gone. Everything is gone. If we really see that, then when we tell people about ourselves, about our past, we’re just inviting them to fall asleep with us. We’re saying, ‘I had a lovely dream, let me share it with you. You can fall asleep in my dream for a while and then, because I believe in reciprocity, I’ll fall asleep in yours.’

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All opinions are empty of inherent existence. Emerson College UK, 2017

James Low begins by saying that we live in very troubled times and that over the next few days we will explore useful ways to participate in the world so that we reduce the amount of tension and anxiety that we feel and we can also promote a sense of peace. This retreat is one of the ‘Into the Wild’ gatherings which Huw Wyn organises in East Sussex and we are indeed going to go ‘into the wild’ because the wildest thing we will ever encounter is our own mind! And this is what we will be encountering here.

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Balance in turbulent times [20]. Macclesfield, 2019

Equanimity:finding balance in a turbulent world. Macclesfield, 22-24 February 2019 James Low Charles Lomas organised this annual teaching weekend for the Kun-Pan Ling Buddhist group in Macclesfield. Précis: Attempts to withdraw from turbulence or to control the mind are actions which increase our sense of separation. The mahayana view looks at how our mind is, rather than focusing on its […]

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