This is the opening talk for a retreat that aims to integrate the practice of meditation with the ideas and doctrines that support and illuminate such practice. This talk also includes Stephen Batchelor.
Through meditation practice we can learn to release the pressure and demands we place on our experience to be different, and receive life just as it is. Unconditionally engaging with each moment we can awaken to innate peace and freedom.
Based on one of the great legends from the court of King Arthur, this talk examines the freedom that is possible when we can see past the veil of illusion and realize the true nature that shines through all beings.
Life on retreat; life back home. The same? Different? Perhaps there is just life- always. The Buddha’s onapalda sutta (King Pasensadi goes on a diet) will be explored in detail regarding mindful eating as a wisdom practice.