The Confluence of Emptiness and Compassion

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/743891842" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true" width="100%" height="300" iframe="true" /] To develop a wise and balanced practice, we need to cultivate both emptiness and compassion. Tipping too far into emptiness, our hearts can close to the suffering of the world; tipping too far into compassion we may become overwhelmed by suffering because we because we can't see emptiness at the core. This talk explores the balance of the two.

2020-04-02T19:54:00+00:00January 17th, 2020|

New Dharma Talk: The Wisdom of the Unfixable Self

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/730782013" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true" width="100%" height="300" iframe="true" /] Buddha taught that the ultimate human suffering arises from creating a fixed idea of self and clinging to "I" and "mine." We often feel this imagined self is flawed and incomplete and must be fixed. Letting go of this identification leads to compassion, interconnection and freedom.

2020-04-02T19:54:04+00:00December 20th, 2019|

Beyond Name and Form: From Zen Koans to Liberation Through Life Inquiry

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/705320947" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true" width="100%" height="300" iframe="true" /] In this talk I describe my intensive practice with zen koans. I also explain how it laid the groundwork for deep inquiry into challenging life questions and how this practice can lead to insight and liberation. The talk includes a guided inquiry meditation.

2020-04-02T19:54:10+00:00October 30th, 2019|
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