Dawn Neal has accumulated over two years of retreat practice since 2005. She holds an MA in Buddhist Studies and Pastoral Care and has completed clinical counseling training. Dawn serves the community as a Buddhist teacher, interfaith chaplain, and scholar. She teaches and facilitates in the Bay Area and beyond. Dawn has accumulated over two years of retreat practice since 2005. She holds an MA in Buddhist Studies, with certificates in Theravada Buddhism and Pastoral Care. She has completed clinical pastoral counseling training. Dawn serves the community as a Buddhist teacher, interfaith chaplain, and scholar. She teaches and facilitates in the Bay Area and beyond.
Dawn Neal gave the last talk in a speaker series titled "Goals in Meditation." Dawn offered a perspective on how to relate to assessments of practice in day-to-day practice, as well as over the arc of a practioner's journey. Beautiful experiences in practice, including great sits, concentration states, and even insight, can be celebrated, and assessed in ways that can nourish confidence in the Dharma and increase spiritual maturity. The same milestones can also become impediments -- dead-weight on the spiritual journey -- if clung to or identified with in an unhelpful way.
This is the third talk is a speaker series titled "Recollective Meditations." Dawn Neal discussed the roles of compassion and intention in giving gifts. Recollecting generosity closely relates to the practice of recollecting the Buddha, because it is out of compassion that the Buddha shared his Path of awakening. There are various forms of generosity, including sharing the Dhamma, sharing material things, renunciation, generous attitude (i.e., giving oneself completely to the service of others), and charity (i.e., giving without expecting reciprocity).
This talk by Dawn Neal is the third in a speaker series titled "Eight-Fold Path of Awakening." Mindfulness is an important component of the Eightfold Path and supports the development of the other Path factors. By practicing Right Mindfulness, we can become aware of any state of mind and soften habitual reactions such as blame and inner criticism.