Host & the guest and the fundamental confusion between the two
Staying at home, the one that hears the sound and the sound merge
Allow the world the come to the heart.
Original nature & original split
Self structure as defence against original pain of separation
Turning the state rather than being turned by the state
Liberating the orphans of consciousness & being liberated from them
Stories of Ajahn Chah – Knowing pain & ‘What About the Rest of Us?’
The man who wanted to hang himself
Returning to the Still
Bestower of Courage & Fearlessness.
Mindfulness of the body as a vehicle of awakening - this talk explores what's challenging about being in the body - working with physical pain, difficult emotions, and how mindfulness practice helps bring insight and ease.
Cultivating a gentle and steady meditative attention we can learn to meet difficulty, pain and suffering with kindness and self-forgiveness. With the courage to feel experience deeply, we can embrace our life with a tender heart of love and openness.
Our most valued renewable resource is the heart, the seat of awareness and our true refuge in what is worthy of refuge – the ancient virtue of the noble ones. Breath by breath, we embody pure presence, wisely seeing how suffering arises and understanding the Noble Truth of how it ends. With courage enough to face our fear, we cut the currents of negativity and we stop feeding them. This is our path to the ending of pain – the heart’s total release.
After sharing a personal story about suffering and the end of suffering, the talk outlines working with "the darkness" and cultivating the light in terms of working with hindrances, physical pain, strong emotions, & cultivating happiness & compassion; the talk concludes with an introduction of Prajnaparamita.