A Foundation for Buddhist Practice
Pristine Awareness: Foundation for Buddhist Practice is a non-sectarian Buddhist organization dedicated to supporting individuals to engage in meaningful practice. We follow the "pith instruction" tradition or style of practice, which focuses on simplicity, adaptability and embedding practice in daily life. We welcome people from all backgrounds, whether beginners or advanced practitioners, and value diversity in all its forms. At Pristine Awareness we encourage and support spiritual autonomy, curiosity, and creative and critical thinking. We consider personal ingenuity to be an integral part of each individual's spiritual practice. Our core mission is to provide a simple and clear path to profound wisdom and compassion applicable to people of all cultures.
At Pristine Awareness we focus on the essential Buddhist practices that lead to direct experience of one's true nature rather than on complex rituals or mantra recitation. We offer an opportunity to understand and directly experience that true nature through simple meditation and awareness practice. Our primary focus is the awakening of joy, love, compassion and evenness. We are non-sectarian in our approach. We draw from the wealth of teachings of the early sutras (Sutrayana), Chan and Zen (Mahayana) and Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana, Mahamudra and Dzogchen). That being said, we are particularly inspired by the deep simplicity of Early Buddhism, Chan, Mahamudra and Dzogchen. The meditation and other spiritual practices we offer are unique, with an emphasis on simplicity and adaptability to modern life. We specialize in tailoring practice for people facing challenges such as disability, chronic illness and mental health issues.
Why A FOCUs on practice?
It is Buddhist practice not study that is the swift path to freedom from the misery of negative emotions and the cycle of suffering. Oftentimes study becomes an ornament of the ego and just another worldly pursuit. A basic understanding of the Buddhist fundamentals is all we need in terms of study. After that our focus should be on practice, especially if we truly wish to be free and help others to be free as well.
Meditation is scientifically proven to improve both physical health and psychological well-being. From lowering blood pressure and boosting immunity to reducing recovery times from injury and stabilizing our metabolism, meditation can dramatically improve our health and lives. Daily meditation practice has a deep and cumulative benefit to health far beyond the small amount of effort and time it takes
Meditation reduces stress and neutralizes negative emotions. Dozens of studies have shown that meditation is a reliable, low-cost, side-effect free way to deal with anxiety, panic, grief, depression and trauma. In meditation we find tranquility, joy, compassion and contentment. Meditation also connects us with the true nature of mind, which is also the true nature of all things.
When we meditate together we feel supported and connected. There is a reason one of the three jewels of Dharma is Sangha - the community of fellow practitioners. Group meditation can help us start and maintain a regular meditation practice. Practicing as a group affirms our values and supports us in living ethically.Together we can not only transform ourselves but also work together to change the world.
Pristine Awareness offers free online meditation classes and workshops and courses on Buddhism.
"All experiences are preceded by mind, have mind as their master,
are created by mind."
- The Buddha
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