Talks focusing on the practical application of Buddhist psychology for understanding ourselves and improving the quality of our lives.
Series: Open Heart Clear Mind (SDD 2007-08)
A multi-part course based on Open Heart, Clear Mind given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day from April 2007 to December 2008. You can also study the book in depth through the Sravasti Abbey Friends Education (SAFE) online learning program.
Looking at how attachment causes problems and real happiness comes from letting go of attachment.
A look at the definition and characteristics of afflictions such as anger, pride, and jealousy, and considering the antidotes to these disurbing emotions.
Examining the disadvantages of self-centeredness, and how to use mindfulness and introspective awareness to reduce self-centeredness.
Understanding rebirth and its relationship to karma, and taking responsibility for our lives.
A look at the unsatisfactory nature of cyclic existence and how to practice the noble eightfold path.
Seeing our potential and the conducive circumstances we have to actualize it.
Understanding the meaning of renunciation, what we are wishing to be free from, the effects of negative actions and the importance of ethical conduct.
The importance of purifying negative karma and how to use the four opponent powers in order to do so.
The importance of developing loving kindness, an open-hearted care for others.