Why do we suffer?

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Part of a series of teachings given during the 2016-2017 New Years Vajrasattva Purification Retreat at Sravasti Abbey.

  • The importance of observing our motivation
  • How our self-centered thought and self-grasping ignorance isolate us
  • Seeing that all sentient beings want happiness and not to suffer
  • The Buddha’s diagnosis that our suffering is rooted in ignorance
  • Responding to suffering with compassion
  • Reviewing how we’ve lived and how we want to live
  • Why we keep silence in retreat
  • How this teaching fits in with Vajrasattva practice
  • Questions and answers
    • How to forgive ourselves through purification practice
    • How to work with someone who is very angry and unwilling to communicate with us
    • How to work with suffering when we are unaware of it
01 New Year's Vajrasattva Retreat: Why Do We Suffer? 12-31-16

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