This talk explores how true empathy and compassion occur when we are able to put ourselves inside the skin of others. When we are truly in contact with suffering (including our own) genuine compassion is born in us. The talk concludes with a boundless radiation lovingkindness practice.
Buddha taught that the ultimate human suffering arises from creating a fixed idea of self and clinging to “I” and “mine.” We often feel this imagined self is flawed and incomplete and must be fixed. Letting go of this identification leads to compassion, interconnection and freedom.
This dharma talk focuses on how releasing self identity can open the door to forgiveness and free us from bondage to our past.
This dharma talk was recorded at Insight Nashville on October 1, 2014. It includes a guided meditation on working with deep questions in your life.