Resources for Understanding and Liberation
The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other black people by police is yet another wave of calls to action and connection with each other and our authentic emotions. As we move forward in time, let us not move backwards in our personal, spiritual, and social development.
If you are white bodied, as I am, please take the time to become educated about how we have all been racialized both explicitly and implicitly. Allow the movement of this moment to touch you, open you to exploration and shifting perspectives so that we do not continue to engage in harming behaviors out of ignorance
by Brian Lesage
The Skill of Opening to the Joys of the Spiritual Path
One day King Pasenadi went to visit the Buddha in the Sakyan town of Medalumpa. He expressed to the Buddha his delight in seeing the practitioners “smiling and cheerful, sincerely joyful, plainly delighting, their faculties fresh, living at ease, [and] unruffled…”MN89
With all of the talk about suffering in Buddhism, we can often forget the joy, ease, and contentment that provide the foundation and expression of this spiritual path. The Buddha continually encourages us to savor the joy and contentment that arise from such things as ethical conduct, generosity, appreciative joy, and concentration. Even the practice of renunciation is taught from this perspective of joy and happiness. For example, in the Dhammapada the Buddha says: