"Seeing Through Views: A Doorway to Liberation"
As the Buddha said in the Paramatthaka Sutta: On Views: "A person who associates himself with certain views, considering them as best and making them supreme in the world is not free from contention (with others)." This talk explores the power, freedom and potential for deeper love that comes when we realize that our view is just one reality.
Our conscious aspiration toward awakening is what energizes the spiritual path. This talk reviews the main characteristic of a vital aspiration, the conditioning that obscures our deepest intentions and offers guided reflections to connect us with what most matters.
After a brief overview of the Foundations, we explore both experientially and through teachings four ways of practicing with the aggregates:
1.) recognizing when they are present,
2.) tracking their arising and passing away,
3.) noting when a thick sense of self is present and opening to experience without such a sense of self, and
4.) noting when suffering or dukkha appears and responding skillfully