Each time we gather at the Broward Lotus Sangha we have the opportunity to participate in a Dharma Talk. Please listen to the Dharma Talks with an open mind and a receptive heart. If we listen only with our intellect, comparing and judging what is said to what we already think we know or what we have heard others say, we may miss the chance to truly receive the message that is being transmitted.
The Dharma is like rain. Letâ€™s allow it to penetrate deeply into our consciousness, watering the seeds of wisdom and compassion that are already there. Absorb the talk openly, like the earth receiving a refreshing spring rain. The talk might be just the condition our tree needs to flower and bear the fruits of understanding and love.
Out of respect for the teachings and the person sharing the Dharma Talk, we are asked to sit on a chair or a cushion during the teachings and not to lie down. If we feel tired during the Dharma Talk, we can mindfully shift our position and practice deep breathing and gentle massage for one or two minutes to bring fresh oxygen to our brain and the areas of our body that may feel fatigued.
Please refrain from talking, or making disturbing noises during the Dharma Talk. If it is absolutely necessary to leave the hall during the Dharma Talk please do so with a minimum of disturbance to others.
Source: Plum Village