Yuval Gill JDPS – About Silence in Practice

Yuval Gill JDPS – About Silence in Practice


Dahrma Master Yuval Gill – About Sielence in Practice About silence in practice….. Let’s go back to the reason why we gathered If I look at the people sitting here today I see people from different fields, from different places in Israel from different ages, the age range here is very broad I think the age range here is 50-60 years between the youngest and the oldest But they all came to do one thing and this is to … to develop their intimacy with themselves We say that the mind that don’t-know is the most intimate the closest We often say that when I’m with someone in a certain situation and he thinks and I’m thinking then we are 1,000 kilometers apart Somebody mentioned a bed earlier even if I go into bed with someone and she thinks, and I think then we are not intimate enough with each other On the other hand, we can both be in the same room On the other hand, we can both be in the same room and we both will be in a don’t-know place and become more intimate with ourselves So we come here for a few days, it could be a day, three days or up to 90 days to develop our intimacy with our own don’t-know To develop our intimacy with the don’t-know means that I return to the place before words and thoughts It means that every time I open my mouth to talk, I make a big mistake So when I practice the don’t-know, naturally I look inside and do not speak There is a well-known phrase that says that my greatest enemies while in a retreat are those who sit to my right and to my left because not only am I struggling to free myself from my thoughts to return to the place before thinking I also have to free myself from their baggage if they start talking to me So the biggest gift I can give to those who I am practicing with is to keep silence Because then I do not burden them and allow them to go through their own process The retreat is not a group dynamic, those have experience group dynamic sharing, talking, and learning how to do things This is not it. A meditation retreat is not it A meditation retreat is when everyone makes an intimate personal process with themselves but everybody is doing it together, within a structure of hours, time, etc… Anyone who looks at the page hanging outside will see that the structure is really divided by the minutes From this minute to that minute, from this minute to that minute, and then a break There are people here who have done long retreats and they now it: after a certain time, you get into the flow and then you do not have to think The whole idea of ​​the retreat is that you do not have to use your thoughts Ah now eating? Eat. Ah now sitting? Sit. Now sleeping? Sleep And sometimes through this process you allow yourself to free yourself from your thoughts and then return to the place of the don’t-know The more you keep silent, the deeper and stronger this process is. Ok? Zen Master Wu Bong, in his last retreats in Korea, balanced it I mean the retreats that he led were much more intensive then our retreats in terms of hours of day and sitting time compared to the amount of time we sit here but on the other hand he would allow a period in the afternoon for talking, laughing, etc And the reason he did it, in the long retreats, at least in the conversations he had with me was that he wanted to put more emphasis on the Sangha And I want to say a word about it, I know that it’s now what you asked but you opened the door for me Twice a day we perform a chanting in which we give homage to the three treasures: Buddha, Dharma, Sanga. Most people who come to meditation practice Buddha Dharma But the Sangha treasure is not so understood Even senior practitioners do not fully understand the Sangha And the Sangha is a very precious treasure Anyone who has difficulty in consistency know how precious the Sangha is Anyone who loses the way of practice knows that the Sangha draws them back. Anyone that sits here and practices knows what I’m talking about but that being said nobody practices nor strengthens this treasure In his last years, Zen Master Wu Bong talked greatly about it The Sangha as the precious treasure that is not practice enough I think that the Israeli Sangha improved greatly in the recent years Slowly, each one that enters feels that there’s a difference compared to ten years ago We came from a place of: Okay! Buddha! Dharma! Strong Practice! Sitting! But slowly, we also started having picnics This is very important. okay? I’m not sure I concluded properly: in a retreat, it is better to keep silence

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