We look at various permutations of views and opinions in this talk –
Pointing fingers at others, we miss the fact that we are simply caught in our views and opinions. I am better than you... I am worse than you... all opinions and comparisons that keep us living in a very small world of delusion when mindfulness is not present - we don't see them as impermanent arisings in the mind.
We look at the importance of the different parts of our practice - intentions, ethics, mindfulness, wisdom and grounding in the body - for responding to difficult situations- individual, interpersonal and related to the wider world. We then look at how to develop and practice compassion in difficult situations.
Ayya Tathaaloka explores her own journey as a woman in this tradition and how kindness can guide us to our true nature and to true community. She offers teachings on the significance of the presence, practice and teaching of Fully Ordained Buddhist Women within the Western Theravadan Buddhist lay community, the inspiration of such a presence within the greater American society, and its connection to ideals and visions of enlightenment.
Most of us consciously value compassion, but move through much of life without access to the full capacity of our heart. This talk explores the self-compassion that is the very grounds of loving our world.