Intention is the seed of kamma; when we consciously hold in our minds our highest aspirations, they inform our present moment decisions and give us courage and vision. In the light of awareness, the compassionate response shines forth as our natural response to life.
The sense of being a "separate self" seems quite real and both filters and contracts our moment to moment experience of life. This talk investigates how the compelling show of separate self arises and how we can recognize and relax into our naturally radiant, compassionate and unconfined awareness.
The Buddha pointed to impermanence-- the changing nature of things-- as one of the basic laws of nature. The events of September 11th have highlighted this truth dramatically for us. This talk encourages the possibility of softening, seeing clearly and being present to the truth so that we can continue to learn through deepening our understanding of this law of impermanence.
How do we work with the energies that are touched in us by the terrorist attacks and all the upheaval in society and the world since then? This talk is an offering of teachings from the Buddhist tradition intended to support us in addressing the current situation wisely within ourselves.