Our fourth meeting was held as follow:
- Date: 17 October 2013 (Thursday)
- Time: 1900-2000
- Venue: Dragvoll Stillerom 2337
-Guided Meditation by Mingyur Rinpoche
-Book sharing <<Comfortable with Uncertainty>> by Pema Chödrön
We finally found the perfect haven for meditation in a tiny, cosy room tucked away on the Dragvoll campus of NTNU. We each have a meditation cushion and sat on a round red carpet with candles in the middle. Each candle would burn for 15 minutes and that is how long we have extended our meditation session to. From 5 minutes to 8 minutes, from 10 minutes to 15 minutes, we have indeed progressed since our first meeting in the cold, eerie basement at Gloshaugen a month ago. A pat on the back, well-deserved! Guided meditation is not for everyone. Some will hold on to the voice, some will wonder who the teacher is, others find it helpful for focusing the mind. Either way, we continue to experiment and hope that through trial and error, we find an optimum way to meditate as a group.
Trine Lise read excerpts from the book <<Comfortable with Uncertainty>> by Pema Chödrön. A concept that stood out for the night was Bodhicitta. We built our discussion around this Buddhist concept and how we can incorporate it into practice, starting from every single tiny act such as reflecting upon our deeds at the end of each day. We continued our conversation over tea and grapes.
Did I mention? There were 6 of us, 3 boys and 3 girls.
I will conclude with a quote from Pema Chödrön’s book:
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”