As I mentioned in my last post: Open Way Fall Retreat 2015 (Part 1), last weekend was our local Montana Open Way Sanghas fall retreat. The pictures featured here were taken during our weekend together. Dharma teacher Terry Cortez-Vega joined us from Austin, TX to lead our meditation retreat. I took some notes during her dharma talks and wanted to share a few of them:
Everything we experience, everything we think is in flux, is impermanent. It’s not impermanence that makes us suffer it’s that we think things are permanent when they’re not. When we have the flu or are stuck in traffic we trust in the nature of impermanence that things will change. Impermanence is not a philosophy, it’s a practice.
Non-self doesn’t mean we don’t exist, it means we are impermanent.
The buddha taught that there are 3 kinds of suffering: 1. 2nd arrow suffering, where we multiply the stress of an event that takes place. 2. Willie Nelson suffering (Terry called it), where we want to hold onto what we like and get rid of what we don’t like. 3. Looking for solid ground suffering, wanting guarantees and certainty in life. Thay teaches that we need to let go of the little sufferings so that we can conserve energy for the big stuff.