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Last summer kwamee introduced me to the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, where a sort of Buddhism is practiced. I've been going to their Monday night 45 minute sitting and talk about once a month.

I've had a sort of a rollercoastery few days. Tonight was no exception. For the first 30 minutes of the sitting I was too excited to concentrate. For the last 15 minutes I was half-dozing.

Part of the reason I like Buddhism is that there are a lot of lists. :) The talk was by Gil Fronsdal on the Seven Factors of Awakening.
1. Awareness / Mindfulness
2. Investigation
3. Energy
4. Joy
5. Relaxation / tranquility
6. Concentration
7. Equanimity

The main focus was on equanimity. I've felt that once or twice, I think. It's pretty cool.

I really like this meditation center because it is welcoming in a completely low-key way. And I really like Gil Fronsdal because he has a way of encouraging the consideration of ethical issues and meditation practices without any hints of "you should". I'm pretty allergic to hearing "you should" from other people, and most of the religious/spiritual organizations and people I've known over the years use it more than I can tolerate.

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ruth_lawrence
Feb. 26th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
This sounds good to me, too :-)

I teenk I share your allergy, too.
firecat
Feb. 26th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
I teenk I share your allergy, too.

You??? No!!!!!!!

;-)
ruth_lawrence
Feb. 27th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Sad to say, it seems so :-)
ljgeoff
Feb. 26th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
How lovely! I would very much like access to such a place/event. There was a church I was going to that featured meditation, but it was very small and when the minister left (she retired), it got a aren't-we-so-very-evolved feeling, and I started going less and less.

I need more equanimity in my life.
firecat
Feb. 26th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
it got a aren't-we-so-very-evolved feeling

Aww, that's too bad.

The equanimity talk will show up as a podcast sometime in the next few days.
ljgeoff
Feb. 26th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I've never accessed a pod cast. If you remember, I'd love to know when it's available, and how to listen to it.
tedesson
Feb. 26th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
You can read the instructions on:
http://www.audiodharma.org/tech-help.html
They cover all of the different operating systems, except Linux.

I use firefox on Linux, so I can right-click to save as mp3. Then I can either play it on my laptop with something like xmms or mplayer, or download it to my mp3 player.

Things get a bit more complicated if you don't usually play mp3s on your Linux system.

karenkay
Feb. 26th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
I'd like to know when it's available, too.
tedesson
Feb. 26th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Gil's talks are available at:
http://www.audiodharma.org/talks-gil.html

The last talk is not available yet.
tedesson
Feb. 26th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
I've been listening to their talks through AudioDharma.org for a long time. I like the variety of teachers, and the different life circumstances they have. And, I like how a lot of it is nothing special.

There's an rss feed of the podcasts, I usually get the latest ones through bloglines.

firecat
Feb. 26th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your help!

And, I like how a lot of it is nothing special.

Yeah.
fattest
Feb. 27th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Hey, in my insight meditation group tomorrow's talk is about Equanimity, too, as one of the four divine abodes (loving-kindness, joy, compassion, equanimity).

There are also some really great dharma talks online by teachers with the same bent as Gil Fronsdal, at http://dharmaseed.org/

firecat
Feb. 27th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Yay, more lists!

And more dharma talks!
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