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“Try to be free of the three pots.”  – Buddha

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4) Listening to a Lecture

In the ancient Buddhist texts it states when we listen to a talk, to try to free our mind from what is known as the ‘three pots’:

The bad-smelling pot: A negative, quick to judge mind.
The leaky pot:  A mind that hears the information but then immediately forgets once the lecture is finished.
The pot that is turned upside down:  A mind that is not engaging with the content.  In other words, ‘in one ear and out of the other.’
For this practice either attend a live lecture or watch a talk on the internet and make the determination that you will try to listen with an attitude that is free from these three pots.

During the talk try to be mindful of your intention and engagement with the content.  At this time do not make notes.

After the talk has finished either alone or with a friend who has heard the talk, make notes or discuss the essential points that were made during the presentation, simply from your memory.

How did the talk begin?
What were the main three points?
How did the talk progress from the introduction?
What was the conclusion?

If you engage in this practice regularly you will train in the ability to listen and strengthen your memory.

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1) Introduction and Part 1

2) Listening to Music

3) Listening to a Friend

4) Listening to a Lecture

5) Listening to the City

6) Listening to Nature

7) Listening with Notes