In this last talk of the month long retreat, the Buddha's five supports for our practice (from the Maghiya Sutta) are presented as well as the ways our practice can benefit not only ourselves, but everyone we know and our planet.
The habit of believing we're different from others leads to a painful sense of isolation. Both vipassana and metta reveal a deep inter-connectedness to all of life that takes away our feelings of separation.
Anger is an intelligent emotion, a natural part of our evolutionary design that lets us know when we are endangered or impeded in our progress. But when it locks into ongoing resentment and blame, our heart becomes armored and we lose access to a wholeness of being. This talk explores forgiving as a process of relaxing our armoring and awakening a healing compassion for ourselves and others.