Bhikkhu Bodhi: Working with Pain

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Bhikkhu Bodhi: Working with Pain

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:40 am

This is a very interesting talk. Bhikkhu Bodhi discusses the constant pain problems he has had since the 1970s, and some of the techniques he has used to make it possible to have a meditation practice in the face of these problems.

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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi: Working with Pain

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:56 am

Thanks Mike!
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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi: Working with Pain

Postby BlackBird » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:43 am

Cheers Mike. Ven. Bodhi is very admirable monk indeed.
"And so, because this Teaching is so different from what Westerners are accustomed to, they will try to adapt the Teaching to their own framework. What they need to learn to do is not to adapt the Teaching to their own point of view but to adapt their own point of view to the Teaching. This is called saddhá, or faith, and it means giving oneself to the Teaching even if the Teaching is contrary to one’s own preconceived notions of the way things are."- Ven Bodhesako

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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi: Working with Pain

Postby David2 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:52 am

Thanks for sharing! It is always a pleasure to listen to Ven. Bodhi.
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