On October 13 and 14, the Association of Pure Buddhist(APB) held its first trip of two-day and one-night for the annual work conference, meditation and autumn viewing.
The founder of the APB, Teacher Duan, conceived and planned this event to help and lead us to the natural forests, washing the dust of the busy ordinary days, thinking and expanding the future direction of the APB from different angles of view.
The meditation course also differed from the sitting meditation in the APB study. The teacher flexibly adjusted the meditation content due to the wind and rain outdoor, and she used the "chopsticks using" and "eating" to teach us to practice and learn corresponding the body and mind and combining the mind and things. We were very surprised that those actions which we are doing every day in life seemed to be done accustomed and skilled but are just mechanical physical activities, we are not mindful and aware at every moment. And because we were often absent-minded without self-awareness, no wonder our lives were often in chaos…… So many things in life that seemed trivial can be used to practice mind-clearing and mind-purifying. When the mind became stable, the whole person became relaxed, satisfied and happy.
After the study, some students joyfully shared, although I don’t need to worry about not having food and clothing, and there are no special vexations, but I just feel that no matter whatever I do, there's always a feeling of emptiness in my heart and there seems to be a big hole filled with discontent. However, in this particular practice of meditation, although what we did were only familiar activities on weekdays in appearence, I was concentrated and mindful toward the details of each physical action and had the union of mind and things at the moment. Then I unexpectedly had the magic experience of feelings which are really difficult to have in ordinary days, the total relaxation and pure joy from getting along with myself. The two-day and one-night mind-purifying study in the mountain expanded our new vision of "practice is just in life", and we look forward to the next opportunity and hoped more people can join and benefit from the activity together.