The teaching of Anatta (not self) points to the fact that from the perspective of ultimate reality we are not separate entities to whom life happens. All the people in our life who’ve inspired and impacted us live through us even after they are gone. And we in turn impact the lives of many others and live through them. This talk includes a guided practice to understand anatta from this perspective—that the love we’ve received from others and pass on doesn’t belong to any of us.
James dedicated this talk to his father Arnold, who would have been 93 today; it begins with a moving reminiscence of their relationship.
Friendship is necessary in life for the support of psychological and educational growth. It can equal the Dhamma or eight fold path. How to make our mind our friend, tentative exploration owith " Vitaka SanThona
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Intensive metta practice can be challenging on many levels - body, heart and mind. One of the most supportive things we can do to deepen the intention of love and kindness is to consciously and deliberately relax; truly relax in mind and body.