Stillness is an ever present phenomenon and yet it seems so elusive in urban (also referred to as householder or lay) practice. Within the context of contemporary society, cultivating stillness can seem self-indulgent. Our demanding can sometimes make it harder to recognize it, but stillness is part of the unconditional and thus, a necessary aspect of awakening. This talk will explore how urban practitioners can learn to cultivate stillness in the midst of movement and chaos.
From the beginning of our practice on, the Buddha teaches that this path has the one taste of freedom. How can we train the heart to become more and more attuned to this flavor of release or letting go? It is the recognition of this trustworthy, onward-leading pleasure that guides the heart along the spiritual path.