Our fifth meeting was held as follow:
- Date: 24 October 2013 (Thursday)
- Time: 1900-2000
- Venue: Dragvoll Stillerom 2337
-15-min Guided Meditation
-Teachings on “How to start our day” by Tai Situ Rinpoche
-Discussion of Photo Shoot
We went through the meaning of the Prayer of Refuge and Bodhicitta, Four Immeasurable Thoughts as well as Dedication of Merit word by word. We will recite the first two prayers before our meditation sessions from now onwards. At the end of each session, we dedicate our merit to all sentient beings.
We also talked about the six perfections as such:
- Generosity- giving of oneself (in Chinese, 布施波羅蜜; in Wylie Tibetan, sbyin-pa)
- Ethical discipline– proper moral conduct (持戒波羅蜜; tshul-khrims)
- Patience– tolerance, forbearance, acceptance, endurance (忍辱波羅蜜, bzod-pa)
- Joyous Perseverance– energy, diligence, vigor, effort (精進波羅蜜, brtson-’grus)
- Meditative Stabilization– one-pointed concentration, contemplation (禪定波羅蜜, bsam-gtan)
- Wisdom Awarenss– insight (般若波羅蜜, shes-rab)
We also briefly touched upon what it means by birth, age, sickness and death. This phenomenon was what Prince Siddharta witnessed when he left the palace and the eagerness to realize this made him renounce the worldly life. We are all bound to birth, age, sickness and death. The impermanence of life is worth contemplating on to make full use of our time as human beings.
The five of us took a break halfway through to have a home-cooked dinner of Thai vegetarian tomyam noodles and fish macaroni cheese. We then ended our session with another 15-minute of silent meditation and dedication of merits.
According to the short teaching we heard from Situ Rinpoche:
“We should start our day with a clear decision to do one or two or three good things a day…We should get up as early as possible and in order to do that, you should go to bed as early as possible…if you are a Buddhist, you should have some Buddhist prayer every morning and meditation.”