In this evening talk, Dungse-la will discuss the Four Seals of Dharma, which are four observations about our experience of the phenomenal world that lay the foundation for the path to liberation that follows. They frame our understanding of the conditions that awaken us to the need for a spiritual pursuit and the basis of conducting that pursuit in a transcendent manner, rather than a materialistic and ordinary one.
Living in a materialistic age, ideologies are taken to be real positions in opposition to other real positions, and this breeds colliding truths. In such an environment, dharma reminds us that we are living, breathing beings, and our perceptions of the world are equally fluid, rather than fixed and static. There will never be one truth. However, compassion, and the tender heart at its core, give us flexibility in our thoughts and emotions. From that subtle perspective inside, we can contribute to the world in a way that doesn’t foment more divisiveness.
Dungse Jampal will explore the relevance of the bodhisattva path to the complex social and political environment of today in terms of how we can first and foremost work with our own reactions, and then develop an appropriate, wise and compassionate response.