Session 30: Compassion in Response to the Suffering of Change, “Dukkha”

18 Nov 2010

What are the real causes of suffering and what are the catalysts? Dukkha, the suffering of change, affects everyone. Even if samsara is turning out well for you now it’s inevitable that tragedy will happen. If your happiness is based on the notion that what you have won’t be lost, suffering will ensue. The introductory talk and meditation leads us to seek freedom from the five mental tendencies that obscure our birthright of luminous clarity: craving, malice, laxity, excitation/anxiety and uncertainty. Alan answered various questions: what to do when thoughts arise during meditation, definition of Alaya and Alaya-vijnana, and compassion for someone who commits suicide.

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