Fundamentals of being a Dharma guide

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Final session of a workshop conducted at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in Singapore on October 27-28 and November 26, 2001. During the interval between the October and November sessions, participants were asked to do a daily practice, meet twice and take turns to lead meditation or discussion sessions.

Checking your own fundamentals

  • Common reasons for not doing a daily practice
  • Importance of doing this if you are going to lead

Trg IV 01: Daily practice (download)

Building the fundamentals of your practice

  • “Tricks” to establish a regular meditation practice
  • Experiences from the homework sessions
  • Consider important steps during leading a meditation
  • Imagining the good qualities of the Buddha as a support and to develop equanimity

Trg IV 02: Group practice (download)

Developing your role

  • Experiences about leading discussions—anxiety, use of a journal, not making up meditations, having one’s own teacher as a guide, being humble
  • Using silence and open-ended questions
  • Closing with four immeasurables, dedication, bowing

Trg IV 03: Group practice (download)

Creating good external and internal conditions

  • Dealing with groups when people don’t talk
  • Overcoming self-centered shyness
  • Setting up structure to encourage participation
  • Reducing distractions
  • Setting a beginning and end time, not letting session go over 1 ¾-2 hours
  • Usefulness of brief meditation/silence when starting discussion
  • Informal discussion structure
  • Happiness, challenges, difficulties, suffering
  • Knowing when to break the rules
  • Do meditation as you are leading it

Trg IV 04: Group practice (download)

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