We live in a relational field, and as we develop the capacity for presence with others, we discover the truth of our connectedness. This discovery is experienced as love, and gives rise to genuine happiness and inner freedom. This talk explores the teachings and practices that nourish conscious relationships.
Much of our meditation practice in the west has been focused on individual practice, in silence and often solitude. While there are many traditional Buddhist resources for taking relational, communicative interactions as practice, there is also a need for developing forms to deepen such practice. We identify the Buddhist resources for this practice and offer some beginning exercises.
The Buddha famously stated that he taught one thing, dukka and its end. The heart-mind of non clinging is one way to describe the end of dukkha. One way of looking at the commonality of purpose in the various skillful means of our path is that they are rooted in the mind of non-clinging.