Feeling of pleasant, unpleasant or neither pleasant nor unpleasant/neutral arise in response to every contact that comes through each of our sense doors. Feelings are what conditions our mind to try to hold on to the pleasant or push away,avoid or ignore the unpleasant. Mindfully observing feelings with more equanimity is a very helpful door to open our door way out of suffering
How can we trust in basic goodness when we encounter so much greed and violence within and around us? This talk explores three pathways of practice that enable us to bring a healing attention to our primitive survival conditioning, and cultivate the heart and awareness that express our full potential and deepest essence.
"Who would you be if you trusted the basic goodness and beauty that lives through you?"
As we face multiple crises, yet also open to new transformations - inner and outer- a new type of spiritual practitioner is needed, connecting inner and outer transformation. Echoing the Buddhist bodhisattvas, Jewish prophets, Jesus, many indigenous leaders, Gandhi, King and Dorothy Day among others. The "new bodhisattva" follows a new kind of training which is outlined.
Vedana, or the feeling tone of pleasant, unpleasant or neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant that arises with each contact, was considered important enough by the Buddha to be a foundation of mindfulness, one of the five aggregates, and central to the teaching on dependent origination. It is also at the heart of the Dart Sutta in the Samyutta Nikaya, where the Buddha talks about the two common responses to suffering: to bemoan and lament the fact that suffering is happening, but often to try to avoid the unpleasant by chasing after the pleasant. This talk looks at all of these different teachings to help us understand the importance of bringing mindfulness to vedana in our practice and in our lives.