This talk was given on Thanksgiving expressing gratitude for the human
heart's capacity for love and understanding. The preciousness of a
human life lies in the potential of our hearts to be transformed. How
can we forgive our lives so that we'll have a completely loving heart?
The teachings of Buddhism are often understood as an individual practice of psychological and spiritual liberation. How do these teachings and practices apply to transforming our relationships and our society? What is the freedom promised by the Buddhist path and how does it relate to issues of systemic oppression and collective suffering?
The six sense spheres are the basis by which we experience the world. The Buddha provides a concise and liberating teaching in the Bahiya Sutta on these six sense spheres. The talk outlines the practice, the benefits and the power of this practice to free the heart from confusion.
Awakening awareness in the body is the portal to resting in boundless and dynamic presence. This guided practice scans the body from feet up, and helps us inhabit all parts of our body. As we open to the aliveness and space inside the body, we discover a permeability that allows us to inhabit the universe of aliveness and space, form and formlessness. With this homecoming to whole beingness is an intrinsic experience of freedom.
Mindful awareness of our bodies is a portal to full aliveness, wisdom and love. These two classes will explore the trance that takes us away from our body, the pathways home, ways of working with pain, and the gifts of an embodied presence.