Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #5June 8, 2020 | 15 Comments
Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 21:15
Hello Open Heart Project,
Here we sit together, in the midst of a revolution. That is how it looks today. Something healthy has burst its banks, mixed with something poisonous. It is up to each of us to filter, filter, filter, because the poison and the medicine look alike. Still, it is time to go beyond what we thought we knew and who we believed ourselves to be to insist on justice and deep systemic change.
If you are Black, I cannot imagine what this week has been like for you but I would truly like to hear.
If you are White, it is time to give up the ground of privilege by noticing how we benefit from the status quo (which is inherently racist) and be willing to relinquish ground. It is far more complex than that, of course but whether or not you think anything is your “fault” it is still your responsibility. My responsibility. Ours.
For myself, I am doing what I can to wake up from the trance of privilege and I’m deeply grateful to those Black voices (mostly women) who are wrathful and awake, pointing in the right direction.
When I began communicating with you weekly when the pandemic began in the US, I started with the six paramitas or transcendent actions. For some reason, I stopped at four. I have no idea why. This week I continue with the fifth transcendent action, meditative absorption. It turns out that the teachings on samten (meditative absorption) are absolutely relevant right now. (Real wisdom tends to function that way. It is always incisive and seemingly meant for this exact moment, whatever that moment may be.)
Please have a listen and let me know what you think. How you are. How I can help.
With love, Susan
PS I’m in Austin, Texas…in case you were wondering why the whole setup is different.
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