Meditators are often advised to “drop the storyline and return to the breath”. The intention in shamatha is to become familiar with our storylines so that we are not captivated, captured, defined or dictated by them. However, dropping the storyline doesn’t mean we disavow our Stories - of where we come from, who we come from, our experiences, our struggles, successes, challenges and everything that makes each of us a unique and complex being.
I’m delighted to share here a selection of recent Dharma talks and discussions. Many of these talks are live presentations at meditation centers such as the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, as well as other places. If you would like to discuss any of these topics further, or if you are interested in bringing me to your meditation center, school, workplace, or other locale for a talk on mindfulness, meditation, dharma, or spirituality and wellness, please be in touch.
Everyone knows there’s a difference between ‘I love you’ and 'I like you’. It can feel threatening when someone tells us they don’t like us (what we are doing, saying, etc). And it can be powerful when they say ‘I love you’. Either way, for someone like me (white, privileged, he/him, hetero) my learned fragility might make me recoil or shut-down when met with the loving-challenge to look at my own internalized bias, supremacy, and ignorance. How might the contemplative practice of the Four Immeasurables help me face what I (and others) don’t like about my attitude? And help me receive love that is true, unconditionally, and liberatory.
David Perrin discusses the Buddhist teaching of impermanence. We spend so much time figuring out what will happen next; what happens when we train ourselves to simply rest in the present moment in meditation?
Why am I here? How did I come to be? Beyond the surface considerations popularized by the modern mindfulness movement, what if meditation helps us reckon with a more cosmic understanding of our existence? David Perrin goes big, discussing this grander vision.