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.
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