Using the path of practice (the Fourth Noble Truth), we can learn to pay attention moment to moment, developing insight and concentration. Each moment of mindfulness is another moment of freedom from suffering, and in that freedom, indeed, peace is possible.
Compassion is classically described as the quivering or trembling of the heart in response to suffering. Our habituated responses may be to deny or repress our suffering. As we learn to open to suffering with a balanced mind, we discover the natural responsiveness of the heart which brings us into a relationship of care and concern for the world we live in.
All through history humans have sought pathways of healing, opening and awakening to the sacred. While infinitely creative, the spiritual path has several universal facets or stages of unfolding. This talk describes these stages and the practices that support transformation and freedom.
Why did the Buddha consider like-minded friendship "the whole of the holy life?" This talk focuses on the importance of developing a sense of community as a true support for our practice. Included are the Buddha's words on what constitutes a good friend.