Joseph Goldstein – Insight Hour – Ep. 180 – Relative and Ultimate Bodhicitta Part 2

Joseph Goldstein continues his discussion of bodhicitta – the awakened heart.

This dharma talk from June 12, 2015, was recorded at the Insight Meditation Society and originally published on Dharma Seed.

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“The development of love and compassion is a wide, round curve that can be negotiated only slowly. Not a sharp corner that can be turned all at once. It comes with daily practice.”

In this lecture, Joseph:
  • Reminds us that obstructions and defilements of thought are not intrinsic to the mind
  • Provides us with a methodology for freeing ourselves from entanglement and attachment
  • Compares the clinging mind to ice and the luminous mind to water
  • Recognizes the causal relationship between mindfulness and compassion 
  • Teaches us that how we feel and respond to situations is up to us
  • Maintains that cultivating compassion is a process that comes with daily practice
About Joseph Goldstein:

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and loving-kindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

Listen to more from Joseph:
In the search for liberation, we must explore the nature of our existence. Joseph investigates the wisdom of impermanence in Insight Hour Ep. 2.
There are deeper levels of truth about reality. Joseph explores different ways of freeing the mind by understanding the habits of preference and the emptiness of thoughts in Insight Hour Ep. 41.
It’s possible to smile at the antics of one’s own mind. Joseph offers responses to questions about selflessness, shame, cravings, and more in Insight Hour Ep. 111.
Metta practice can penetrate deeply. Joseph explores how love, kindness, gratitude, and friendship can revolutionize our lives in Insight Hour Ep. 117.