Back to basics: the four basic reflections and refuge. Eifel 2001

Extracted from the start of the  Eifel Retreat, October 2001

James Low

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Transcribed by Sarah Allen
Edited by Barbara Terris

 
 
“Most of us who have been involved with buddhism for some time will have reflected a lot on impermanence, but it is never something to treat lightly.  It is the royal road to an understanding of stillness and movement.”

Contents

Stillness and movement……….. 1
The Four Basic Reflections: back to basics……….. 1
Precious human birth…….. 1
Impermanence and death…….. 2
Karma…….. 4
Ice or water, depending on the conditions…. 6
Going it alone…. 8
Samsara: banging into things…….. 8
Taking refuge…. 8