The sense of “I” is the source of all problems

Putting our “opinion factories” out of business

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2005.

  • Our non-negotiables: Dharma-related or objects of attachment
  • Practicing in community life:
    • Watching how this sense of ‘I’ comes up in community life and dealing with it.
      • Accepting our own and others’ mistakes and helping each other to grow in community life
      • Realizing that there is no need for defensiveness, self-hatred, comparison, judging
    • The “I want” mind that crops up in community life
    • “I am a servant to others”
    • Lay monastic: rationalizing to have both samsara and nirvana at the same time
    • Developing contentment: realizing that samsara and nirvana are opposites
  • Questions and answers

Exploring Monastic Life 2005: Session 3 (download)

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