First Monday Dharma Talk: How the Story of the Buddha’s Enlightenment Applies to Us

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

May 6th

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    Room: BSMC

    The Buddhist teachings represent the collected insights and observations of meditators around the world and across the centuries. The Shambhala teachings represent the experiences of individuals who have participated in societies based on kindness, non-aggression, and appreciation of the natural world.  These monthly talks will explore what we can learn from these two intertwined wisdom traditions that can support our own lives and meditation practices.

    The May dharma talk is How the Story of the Buddha’s Enlightenment Applies to Us

    If we are honest with ourselves, our daily life includes many experiences of dissatisfaction or discontent.  We generally don’t enjoy these experiences, and we have many strategies for avoiding them, including protecting ourselves from bad news or challenges, intellectualizing, or finding ways to blame others.  The Buddha took a different approach – he fully acknowledged the experience of discomfort, and sought to understand why it occurs.  Peace or contentment in the Buddhist tradition involves learning to be comfortable with discomfort, which is a natural aspect of our lives as humans.  This talk will trace the Buddha’s approach to rejecting popular strategies for avoiding discomfort, and instead exploring directly the causes of suffering.  We will apply this approach to our own experience of dissatisfaction.  When we can be comfortable with our discomfort, we can reframe the experience as an opportunity for personal growth and expanded compassion. 


    Meditation practice 7:00-7:25 (instruction available)

    Dharma talk and discussion 7:35-8:30


    Please visit Shambhala-Talks-Online to listen to recordings of past First Monday Dharma talks.