The Buddha said,
Through countless births in the cycle of existence
I have run, not finding
although seeking the builder of this house;
and again and again I faced the suffering of new birth.
Oh house builder! Now you are seen.
You shall not build a house again for me.
All your beams are broken,
the ridgepole is shattered.
The mind has become freed from conditioning:
the end of craving has been reached.”
In my mind that’s where we want to end up as practitioners! And, it’s important to remember that it’s a journey.
In the short video below you’ll hear me layout my reflections on the journey of practice, what I’ve been calling, “Deep Buddhism.” It’s a way to look at how to engage with your practice both on and off the cushion. How to hold a vision of the future without attachment, how to effect liberatory change inside and out, and how to move deeper past the (necessary and important) ability to calm down, into states that dismantle conditioning and allow us to wake up fully to our lives..
Some of you will recognize in the video the language of Audre Lorde and her famous quote,
The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House.
The parallels between the famous quote of the Buddha and that of Audre Lorde are stunning.
I hope you enjoy the video.
Best In Love,
WHAT’S COMING UP IN OCTOBER WITH THE LOTUS INSTITUTE?
Oct 14 - 18 (Larry’s talk is on the 18th) FREE online Being and Doing Summit . Larry’s talk is called, “Calming The Mind Is Not Enough.” You can register to hear the talk using the link above, and you can also watch a free preview video of the talk here!
Oct 18-20 La Jolla, CA, Indra’s Net, The Wisdom of All Relations Retreat
Oct 25-27 Philadelphia, PA, Ancestry in Progress, a retreat open to all, centering Black, Indigenous and other People of Color, gender expansive/fluid folx, LGBTQIA+, youth practitioners 18 and over, and community organizers.
A NOTE ABOUT PATREON
Since the launch of our Patreon page in August 2018 we’ve gained 69 patrons who make it possible for us to do all sorts of things, including providing scholarships to retreats like the ones mentioned in this email and launching online classes to take your practice deeper. Our next goal of 75 patrons will help us secure funding for the tech/organizational support to continue the work we’ve started. Even $1 /month helps! If you want to read our goals in more detail and/or become a part of our Patreon community that makes this work sustainable, become a patron here. AND THANK YOU to all of the existing patrons who make our work possible!