This talk explores the practice of becoming one with the “other,” what we perceive as the unknown. Sometimes the “other” is ourselves – the parts we don’t know or see clearly. Maybe its the sadness that keeps arising, or the longing for something we can’t quite reach. The judgement or fear. To explore this with compassion and presence, we need a sense of safety but also courage.
Sometimes our practice calls for active, intentional cultivation and other times simply letting go and allowing. By recognizing and making room for the dance between the two we can engage in balanced practice that embraces the fullness of the dharma.
Here we are again, whip lashed by the rise of the Delta variant just as many of us thought the worst of the virus was in the rear view mirror. How do we navigate with no reliable ground? This talk explores how to walk where there is no ground and how to find freedom even when the rug is pulled out from under your feet.
This talk is from the first night of my first in person retreat in 1.5 years (due to Covid).
Beginning June 14 we will be back at our physical space at the Nashville Friends Meeting, 530 26th Ave. N. Meeting every Monday. Fully vaccinated only for Phase 1. Masks optional. A zoom option will remain available. We start at 7 p.m. with a 30 minute meditation session, followed by a dharma talk and q&a, usually led by our guiding teacher, Lisa Ernst. All levels of experience welcome. A zoom options remains available.
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A magnificent bewilderment of stars – when the mind drops in a moment, thoughts fall away into nothing. We realize the ephemeral quality of life and how small we really are. The mind is bewildered into the great, expansive realm of not knowing.
Just as there are three types of suffering in Buddhism, there are three types of happiness. How do we reconcile the two and get the most from these insights?