Nathan Glyde has been practicing and studying meditation since 1997, and sharing teachings on retreats since 2007. In 2004 he co-founded SanghaSeva whose retreats emphasise wisdom and compassion in ecological and humanitarian service.
All phenomena are fabricated by perception: all things are empty of inherently existing separate from the atmosphere of attention. We explore what happens to phenomena and the sense of self when perception is soaked in kindness and care. Supported by the suttas: Two Sorts of Thinking (MN19), and the Karaniya Metta Sutta (SN1.8).
Skilfully meeting the hindrances to meditation and to well-being in life, by understanding the dependent origination of experience: particularly fabrication (escalation–papancha, etc.) based on reactivity to unseen vedana.
Supporting steadiness, openness, and dedication in our practice. Via a spread and open awareness that is intentionally receiving–inviting–the present body sensations into the spacious awareness. Our dedication is to stay steady with it, and to re-open and re-invite, when our attention, naturally, moves away. All of this is done with a gentle atmosphere of metta–kindness.
Introducing the main concept of this retreat: sankhara-fabrication. In particular the insight that experience is 'made up' from an object in attention and an atmosphere of attention. The latter we could call the way of relating, or way of looking (as Rob Burbea teaches it). We can pay attention to different objects, and that affects expereince. We can also develop ('bhavana' = cultivate) other atmospheres or modes of attending.
There is always a way of looking or way of relating to life operating when we are perceiving. When we understand that we can adjust this, we find a profound level of freedom. What is the most freeing lens to bring to how we look at this pandemic? And what does that mean (as a transferable skill) when we bring freeing ways of looking to the totality of our experience?
A guided meditation offering mettā (well-wishing) towards those working the frontlines of health care and social care, those whose bodies are affected by the virus or disease themselves, and those taking precautions (like being in isolation). Opening our hearts and minds to all those affected, and beyond to all beings everywhere, can help reduce our stress and allow us to be more available to support.
Includes a brief introduction: skip first 3 mins to get to the beginning of guided meditation. May all beings be cared for and well in heart-mind and body.
Bringing an atmosphere of mettā to all phenomena. Including all the aggregates (khandhas): every vedanā; and all perceptions (saññā); via every sense door of the body (rūpa) in consciousness (viññāṇa). Including the perception of the (saṅkhāra of a) sense of self, and of the sense of mettā.