It’s possible to meet suffering with an open heart. If the heart can open to grief, pain and vulnerability, a new view is possible – one beyond the cycle of birth and death. Keep the heart open to Dhamma, rooted in faith and goodwill. This is the Path to the deathless. *Sutta References: Therīgatha 6:2; Samyutta Nikaya 12:23; Samyutta Nikaya 1:10
Die Āsavas - die sogenannten Triebflüsse oder Ströme - halten uns im Kreislauf des Leidens gefangen und beeinträchtigen auch unsere Fähigkeit, uns in einer heilsamen Weise auf die Welt zu beziehene. Im Vortrag werden die drei Triebflüsse (Sinnesfreuden, Werden, Unwissenheit) erläutert.
Waking up to our spiritual wealth, we learn the true currency of Covid - it is not fear and frailty but courage, compassion, loving-kindness, community and connection. We see what is protection for ourselves and for each other, dwelling with the Dhamma, the Truth, as our safety - our island and refuge.
To simulate the natural process of death is to experience the impermanence of the five aggregates and a pure awareness that knows the inherent emptiness of things as they truly are. Dying is a potent doorway for liberation of mind and the best death we can die is shattering the ego. Then we can let go of fear once and for all. This guided meditation was given during a death and dying retreat in an Australian church in 2004
A short talk exploring how taking refuge in sangha even while we're in seclusion, can strengthen samvega or spiritual urgency.
Closes with an invitation to explore in small groups, what's been learned in response to the Covid-19 situation and how it might deepen our dharma practice.