Meeting the suffering of the world requires both wisdom of our interconnection, and compassion and equanimity to whole heartedly embrace the complexity of the suffering we find.
Introduction following from previous talk.
Detailed instructions for Tonglen (practice for transforming suffering into compassion)
Guided Meditation: Tonglen.
We live in two worlds - our small personal world and the interconnected world of all beings and the earth. Connecting these two is key to understanding our situation and metabolizing the challenging times we live in.
Talk has some loud sounds due to recording errors. A couple moments may be startling for the listener.
With the Buddha as our guide, we walk in his footsteps. If we fall away from the path, we return to it as soon as we can. Just as you steer your car back on the road should it veer off. The mind may be on fire with wanting, fear, grief or anger. Then feel the heat. Know its origin and see its ending – not owning nor feeding it, let it subside. Here and now, awareness and wisdom deepen. We are waking up. And we discover – that true friend resides within our own heart.