Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin: Cultivating the Great Compassion of Zen (05/19/2018)

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin: Cultivating the Great Compassion of Zen (05/19/2018)

 
 
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Dharma talk offered by Laura O’Loughin during the one-day sit at Brooklyn Zen Center on May 19, 2018.

Compassion, as we practice it in Buddhism, is the most radical act a human being can do – as well as the most natural. […] In Buddhism […] we say that our natural state of being is compassion and wisdom. And what we are doing in this practice is asking ourselves to come home to ourselves, to our heart, to our birthright. So it’s an act of regaining our dignity as human beings. And then, when we regain our dignity, offering that dignity to others. As the Dalai Lama puts it: “make our own heart our temple.” So what would it be like to walk around with your heart as your temple?

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