Monday, May 27, 2019

I think, therefore I am.

Monday Sitting & Walking 

Please join us for our weekly sitting and walking practice with Ojai Mindfulness. We practice in the Plum Village Tradition following the lineage of our teacher, the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. 

You may not see the connection between the popular Stranger Things series and Right Thinking, but keep reading. The practice of Right Thinking follows in the footsteps of Right View from last week. Whom among us knows nothing of thinking? Further, are we able to practice Right Thinking or do we practice in an upside down way? Wrong thinking causes us to see in an upside-down way. But to practice Right Thinking is not easy. It is certainly not as easy as "I think, therefore I am." Our Teacher would say in response to Descartes: “I think, therefore I am not.” As long as mind and body are not together, we get lost and we cannot really say that we are here.

Thich Nhat Hanh offers us four practices for Right Thinking. 

  1. Are you sure?
  2. What am I doing? 
  3. Hello, habit energy.
  4. The mind of love (bodhichitta)
Modern psychology has borrowed heavily from mindfulness practice, specifically dialectical behavior therapy, when they talk about opposite action. In that practice, we imagine things we would do if we stopped believing everything we think by reflecting on something opposite to our current thinking. This is similar to the Thay's teaching on changing the peg. 

Tonight we will explore this topic further following our sitting and walking meditation. We will meet from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. We begin with 50-minutes of sitting and walking practice and we will follow the traditional format by facing the walls for the sitting practice.

Following our sitting practice, we will rearrange the room for a teaching and sharing together about Right Thinking. The reading material is available in advance and copies will be available at our meeting.


(((Resonance))) Healing Center
215 Church Rd., Ojai, CA

6:30pm – 8:00pm

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The Plum Village Tradition is a school of Buddhism named after the Plum Village Monastery in France, the first monastic practice center founded by Thich Nhat Hanh. It is an approach to Engaged Buddhism mainly from a Mahayana perspective, that draws elements from Zen and Theravada. Its governing body is the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism.
It is characterized by the application of mindfulness to everyday activities (sitting, walking, eating, speaking, listening, working, etc.). These practices are integrated with lifestyle guidelines called the Five Mindfulness Trainings, which bring an ethical and spiritual dimension to decision making and are an integral part of community life.
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