07 July 2009 – DISCUSSION WITH A MASTER TEACHER
The new Eternal Awareness website is having a series of discussions based on Great River Institute’s on-going Monday Meditation Class (see below for more information). As an unofficial adjunct of each class, each week EA is hosting a week’s worth of discussions following the Monday evening class.
The master teacher of the GRI meditation group – Sensei – is currently active in the EA web-based discussion groups. I strongly urge you to consider participating in either the Monday class, the EA discussions, or both. This is a rare opportunity for several reasons:
- First, you have a chance to dialog with a master teacher.
- Second, you will have an opportunity to see some of Sensei’s students interacting with him, which will give you an opportunity to study the nature of interaction between a master teacher and his students.
- Third, you will benefit from the content of the teaching itself.
Join the web-based Discussions here. There is no site membership required to participate.
Great River Institute hosts Monday Meditation Classes each week at 6:30 PM Eastern, US. The subject is ‘The Totality and Embodiment of God’.
This series of classes have been held regularly for two years. Some classes run 3-4 hours in length, so participants who have attended from the beginning have benefited from literally hundreds of hours of active meditation practice, sitting with a Master. If you are interested in joining, classes can be taken via teleconference as long as you register in advance. There is a small fee for each class. Email GRI at GrtRvrInst@aol.com for more information.
INTRODUCTION TO THE CLASSES AND DISCUSSIONS
The Art of Giving has four principles: Respect, Appreciation, Gratitude and Value. Recent Monday Meditation Classes are focusing on the principle of Gratitude. In a broader sense, however, the classes are, as Sensei states, “a meditation on the totality and embodiment of God. God is defined here as ‘the Everything’.”
Sensei states that the totality can be defined as including everything, from the highest macro cosmic universal point of view to the singlular microcosmic cellular perspective, and everything in between. Yet, no matter which view we focus on it all contains ‘the Everything’. The embodiment represents any particular point of view, whether it is a moment in time, a particular person, an attitude or a presence in the moment.
“The totality and embodiment are both constantly present,” continues Sensei. If we don’t understand this then our concept of meditation and life will fall short and be short-sighted. Consequently, we easily get lost in either position. When we are overly focused in the embodiment, we get lost in the specificity of ‘me’. And when we try to focus ourselves in the totality, things become too general, generic and conceptual. When these two perspectives are not kept in balance, we tend to become negative.