Using a simple example of stress in every day life, this talk examines the Buddha's teaching on the first noble truth - particularly "having to associate with things we don't like, be separated from things we like, and not get what we want." It considers the insights that accompany such opening.
Susan reflects on the mysterious and wonderful thing without which we could not survive: TIME! She introduces the idea of deep time in which we have access to infinite time in the present moment. The talk is illustrated with Zen stories and personal experiences. Sue concludes the talk with a reading from her most recent book: This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Dignity and Humor. The evening ends with questions and comments from the sangha.
In this telling of the Buddha's story, we find archetypes that reveal a universal path of awakening and freedom. We explore how each of us has the potential to realize the loving and radiant awareness that is our source.