Practicing as a Bodhisattva in the Pandemic

On April 27, 2020, Rebecca joined practitioners of Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County as originally scheduled on Zoom for an evening of practice.  In response to practitioners’ interest in learning about “Bodhisattva’s wise response in the face of a pandemic,” Rebecca spoke about how to practice as a Bodhisattva by not turning away from suffering.

Practicing to Suffer Better

This talk was given in the weekly online Dharma practice gathering with Rebecca Li on April 24, 2020.  Rebecca encouraged practitioners to cultivate clear awareness of one’s experience of suffering so that one can use the practice to mitigate the impulse to inflict  additional suffering on oneself and others.  To do so, we practice not being afraid of our fear and suffering.  Practicing this way, we also learn to tread the Bodhisattva Path by not turning away from the suffering of the world.

Open our Heart to our Whole Self

In this talk given to the Weekly Online Dharma Practice Gathering on April 3, 2020, Rebecca talked about habitual tendencies that practitioners may fall into when experiencing tremendous stress.  These habits block us from fully experiencing the present moment.  She explained how the practice of Silent Illumination allows us to face the challenges presented by the pandemic with equanimity.

Allow Joy into our Heart

This talk was given in the Online Dharma Practice Gathering with Rebecca Li held on Zoom on March 27, 2020, a weekly practice group established to support practitioners during the pandemic.  In this talk, Rebecca shared the practice of cultivating clear, total awareness of the present moment in the body and our surrounding to allow joy into our heart as we experience anxiety and stress during the pandemic.  She recommends listening to her talk on gratitude and total awareness here.

Preparing for our death and that of our loved ones

This is a reflection on Sallie Tisdale’s book Advice for Future Corpses on how to prepare for our own death and that of our loved ones by engaging in Chan practice.  This talk was given as part of the meditation workshop on February 16, 2020 at the New Jersey chapter of Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association in Edison, New Jersey.

Community-building with Clarity and Compassion

The Dharma talk was given at the Daylong retreat organized by Newark Center for Meditative Culture on February 23, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey.  Applying sociological analysis of how the sense of belonging is often generated by maintaining a common enemy, Rebecca discussed how suffering is created in the process and alternative means of building community more in accordance with wisdom and compassion.