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At this time we are facing dramatic and unexpected loss: loss of certainty, loss of income, even loss of life, maybe even our own. All of this creates huge anxiety in the face of overwhelming change and uncertainty.
It is at this time that our spiritual practice will enable us to ride the waves of change and find peace despite our circumstances, if we are prepared to apply ourselves diligently to the task.
The purpose of the 'Four Reminders' is to help establish the kind of psychological climate in which we will be motivated to enter a path of spiritual practice.
The subjects of the four reflections which we will be exploring over the course of these talks are:
the precious opportunity offered by human life;
death and impermanence;
karma, or the fact that actions have consequences;
and the reality of suffering.
These might be called 'the facts of life' in the Buddhist perspective. They are wake-up calls, jolts to our complacency, articulations of the troubling voice of reality as it speaks through our immediate experience. As we go through them, we are saying to ourselves, 'Remember, reflect, wake up to the truth.'
We all suffer - Padmapushpa
The purpose of this reminder encourages us to be aware of the reality of the things large and small that we find unsatisfactory. Everyone experiences dissatisfaction: not just us, maybe reflecting in this way can help us relate to our suffering or dissatisfaction more lightly and avoid unhelpful responses. We can also see that since the world is large and complex and ever-changing, we are never going to get things exactly as we want them.
If you want to find out more about Buddhism, what it has to offer the modern world, what it has to offer you, and how to bring these Buddhist teachings into your practical daily life ... then please join us for these Monday night sessions.
Dharma Night is suitable for everyone, regardless of their level of experience or exposure to Buddhism.