How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 1: Right View)

August 10, 2020   |   34 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 9:58

Hello Open Heart Project,

We’re back! As you may be aware, my newsletter normally goes out once a month, or at least that my intention in January 2020. But what a year, my friends. When the COVID pandemic began, I reverted to once a week…until July…and now I’d like to be back in touch each week. The issues we face–a pandemic, cultural clashes, environmental chaos, and the upcoming US election and all the intense feelings it engenders–get hotter and hotter. A regular meditation practice can be a refuge, and when you know you are meditating as part of a community it feels even more healing.

The Open Heart Project is definitely a community, so…I’m happy to be in more regular contact and I’ll be back at you each week through the end of the year.

During times when we don’t know what to do, it is good to go back to basics. In the Buddhist view, the noble 8-fold path describes 8 basic steps we can all take to keep our minds strong and our hearts soft. The first is called “Right View” and I wanted to revisit this because it is the alpha of the spiritual path. In the coming 7 weeks, we will look at each of the other steps along the path: Right Intention, Right Speech. Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.

It is my sincere hope that you will find this review empowering, centering, and encouraging. Do let me know. You’re not alone.

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  G

    Thanks so much for helping to create calm in this challenging time.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Sending love.

  • Posted by:  Anne

    This was just what I needed!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad to hear it!

  • Posted by:  Ruth

    Thank you for your helpful and inspiring videos!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome, Ruth.

  • Posted by:  Marina

    Thank you very much Susan, for coming back weekly. I am very happy with your talk about The Right Understanding: the way in the middle: that’s what I am looking for.. Tank you very much. Love and blessings for everybody.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome, Marina. Glad it was useful.

  • Posted by:  Cheryl F

    Thank you Susan. I appreciate to no end.. your ever-giving generosity of heart.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      <3 <3 <3

  • Posted by:  Lisa



    Many thanks for your endless generosity. I always love seeing your email in my in-box.

    I so appreciate your teachings. Also, thank you for recommending, “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings.” It lies in residence with my cushion.

    We will get through this mess one way or another, and with your guidance I imagine with more grace than we know.

    Take care!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad we are practicing together, Lisa. We need each other! xo S

  • Posted by:  Bonnie LeClair

    Thank you, Susan, for coming back to us weekly for a while. Whether it’s weekly or once a month, I’m so grateful to you for all you do.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Bonnie, thank you for this very kind message. It is appreciated!

  • Posted by:  Ruth Hadden

    Thanks for showing up in my inbox today !

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are very welcome!

  • Posted by:  Kim Manley Ort

    Thank you. This is just what I need right now. Much appreciated.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Right here with you, Kim.

  • Posted by:  Kevin J Waters

    Hello Susan, Great to be Hearing You Today! Sane World? / Right View, Reading Joseph Goldstein, a short while ago, stuck in ( Medical Issues), I came across this in chapter36, Right View / Worldly Ease. Sometimes people associate the 8 Fold Path w / Orthodox dogma, which needs to be “Subscribed To ……… None of the Buddha’s Teachings Require Blind Belief, they are an invitation to “Come See, ” ( I had my Difficulties Here), Once I came to realize that “Right View” Actually set my Direction on The Path, no matter how long, difficult, or bumpy the ‘Journey may be, I was moving in the “Right Direction” ! Capable of understanding different ways of the World ! Susan I believe I now better see your Teachings. Thank You Kevin

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Hi Kevin! Thanks for taking the time to send this. It sounds like you now better see your own mind, which is the most important thing of all. With love, S

  • Posted by:  Sandra Stefan

    Like everyone else I am grateful to see you in my inbox. Coming back to us once a week is just the blessing I needed right now. Not only do I appreciate your teachings but I enjoy your candid and honest talks
    Stay safe, Sandy

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So happy we can practice together. With love, S

  • Posted by:  Abbey

    Dearest Susan,
    Thank you for returning to my inbox every week. I missed you!
    And yes, the empowering, centering and encouraging that you offer is needed now more than ever and I am so very appreciative of your generosity
    The idea that there is a middle path is especially helpful to me in these turbulent times

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are not alone, Abbey! Glad we are on the middle path together. xo S


    Susan Thank you for coming back weekly. It means so much right now. You gave me some things to think about for sure. Also a time of peacefulness. Thank you

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome, Kathleen. With love, S

  • Posted by:  Lauralea

    So grateful you are doing this once a week again! I am out of work like so many now so free is right up my alley! I love how down to earth you are! Thanlkyou!!!!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So happy to practice together!

  • Posted by:  Noreen

    Thank you so much, Susan.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are very welcome.

  • Posted by:  Lauri-Jo L. Kotzen

    Thank-you for your thoughtful and generous ways. It helps so much to have someone like you in this world of chaos and uncertainty. Again thank you for trying to right an upside down time.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Sending love.

  • Posted by:  Disasterdave

    Thank you for your time. It is appreciated, I hope you are living with ease

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome and thank you for the good wishes.

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