The universal experience of stress (in Buddhism, called dukkha) is a message that we are not realizing, trusting and living from our true nature. Our habitual reactions to stress - grasping, aversion, resistance - deepen emotional pain and lock us in a limiting sense of egoic-self. This talk explores how, with conscious intention and deepened attention, the stressful difficulties we encounter can become the very grounds of healing and spiritual awakening.
One of the most inspiring teachings on the potential for each of us to change. Angulimala, a violent killer, encounters the Buddha, wakes up from his confusion and becomes a holy man.
No matter how deep our unskillful habits are, we can take comfort and inspiration in the capacity of the heart to awaken and face in the right direction.
When we listen to the Dharma the Buddha tells us that this arouses faith.... It pulls us towards wanting to put the instructions into practice, thus listening to the Dharma is an important ingredient in the practice...
The Buddha clearly laid out a path that describes the human condition and how to navigate the varieties of suffering and pain with awareness, inquiry, mindfulness and compassion. This talk explains essential aspects of working with our human plight.