The First Noble Truth, that there is suffering in life, has a call to action: this truth is to be fully understood. The Second Noble Truth, that the cause of suffering is craving, also has a call to action: craving is to be abandoned. Abandoning craving moves us to the Third Noble Truth, the end of suffering.
What are the seeds that bring you to spiritual practice? This Dharma talk explores many aspects of our human experience right here and now and on back through time that can bring an ardency/a passion for entering into and deepening our meditation practice.
We explore some of the different dimensions and meanings of integrity in our practice at this time, including looking at some of the challenges to integrity and how we work with such challenges. We continue to keep the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as one reference point in our inquiry into integrity, and include an audio excerpt from his final speech, in Memphis in 1968.
This talk addresses several potential difficulties in practice – attaching to ideas about mindfulness and concentration, thinking that nothing is happening in practice, feeling half here and half not, and the tendency to “do” the practice.