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Freeing Perception is a drop-in group that meets on the first Thursday of every month at 18:00 UK time. Led by Nathan Glyde and guest teachers, it is a space for exploring liberating ways of looking, relating, and being.
FYI: DependentOrigination.org also run other groups at other times.
The group will delve into meditation teachings and practices that transform perception, particularly insight — knowledge, analysis, wisdom, and understanding, and correlative liberating lens, perspectives, and attitudes. As these are essentially supported by samādhi, the brahmavihārās, and other practices that subtlise perception, inquires around these are also invited. At its core, the group is about emptiness — recognising that the appearance of all things (percepts) are not fixed in any one way. They, like us, are empty of inherent existence and can be freed.
The aim of this group is to explore the extent of our freedom to liberate perception, which directly correlates with the amount of freedom we experience in our lives. You are invited to bring your practice questions, awakening experiences, or come to listen and learn. We intend for the group to be accessible and welcoming to all, while allowing for the refined care needed to examine the depths of subtlety.
What we perceive is what we experience. Our reality is nothing but our perception. Perception is essential not only in our understanding and relationships but also in our present moment existence. It is that fundamental. Furthermore, since all perceptions are constructed fabrications that arise and fade dependent on various factors, including conceptions and intentions that also arise dependently, we play a significant role in shaping our perception, redirecting our experiences, and altering our reality to its coreless core.
Those who are familiar with Rob Burbea's profound teachings will recognise the same importance given to perception in his teaching, specifically his "ways of looking" (perceiving) that liberate. We recommend reading his excellent work Seeing That Frees, or related teachings as a basis for a shared language of exploration. Listening to Nathan's teachings will also provide a suitable basis, but everyone is welcome to come and explore in their own way.
In the tradition of Dharma teachings participants are invited to support the sessions with dāna: freely given contributions. Traditionally those who share teachings are dependent on the generosity of those who receive them: a conscious exchange rooted in inclusivity and openness that allows these priceless teachings to be available to all. With dana we cultivate a spirit of caring rooted in interconnectedness, and a liberating opening into the fullness of life. Generosity is a practice that nourishes the heart and resonates with and supports the deepening of our practice.
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