Rebecca Li November 5, 2018 – Bodhisattva ideal and practice.

On Nov 5, 2018 Rebecca Li gave instructions and lead a guided meditation that settles into the practice of Just Sitting or Silent IlluminationThe practice of Silent Illumination is similar to the practice of Zen Shikantaza. That evening we also heard about the way of  the Bodhisattva ideal.

Here is the audio recording:

Hear it here 

Bodhisattva Ideal Download      

  • 2:50 – Start of talk
    • Orienting the practice towards liberation of all sentient beings
  • 5:49 Metaphor of driving a bus – we get there too

If you are interested in learning more about this practice, Rebecca recommends practicing on a retreat, where the teachers can guide you and you will have the benefit of a settled state of mind. Silent Illumination retreats are led at the Chan Retreat Center @ Pine Bush NY

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About Rebecca Li, PhD 

Rebecca LiRebecca began practicing in 1995, and attended her first seven-day intensive retreat with Chan Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC), in the following year. Since then she has attended numerous intensive Chan retreats. In 1999 after moving to New Jersey she began translating for Master Sheng Yen. In the same year, she began her training with the Master to become a Dharma and meditation instructor. Currently, she teaches meditation and Dharma classes and gives public lectures at the Chan Meditation Center (CMC) and leads 1- to 3-day retreats at CMC & DDRC. She has been training with Simon Child since 2008 to conduct retreat interviews and has been assisting in his intensive retreats since 2012. Along with her husband David Slaymaker, Rebecca leads Chan practice at Rutgers University and the New Jersey chapter of DDMBA and teaches on behalf of Dharma Drum in various community activities in the NJ-NY area. Rebecca is a board member of the Dharma Drum Retreat Center and professor of sociology at The College of New Jersey.

The Chan Meditation Center:
The Dharma Drum Retreat Center:
See Rebecca’s talk about why we meditate here
Hear her recording from other visits

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