Tonight I will start a short series on the Eight Fold Path (listed below). This quintessential list from the Buddha is a guide to ending our stress, suffering and unsatisfactory overlay on life. It is the path towards true happiness and freedom.
The suggested reading is:
"The Noble Eight Fold Path,
The Way to the End of Suffering"
by Bhikkhu Bodhi
This will be discussed during the next Dharma talk.
When we can wisely relate to grasping, aversion, sleepiness/dullness, restlessness/worry and doubt as visitors rather than enemies, they can transform into their wisdom nature.
Note: Description of the gem of sleepiness is at the end of the next morning's instructional sit.
Deep listening - the kind of listening that brings intimacy and understanding - takes intentional practice. This talk looks at the societal and inner obstacles to an undistracted presence, and the mindfulness strategies that nourish our capacity to listen in a way that heals and connects.