In this dharma talk, Lama Surya Das looks at ways we can overcome common obstacles that present themselves along our journey of awakening.
This talk was recorded at the Garrison Institute during Dzogchen Center’s Natural Great Awakening 2019 Summer Meditation Retreat. Visit garrisoninstitute.org to learn more about upcoming retreats at Garrison with Lama Surya Das and other Be Here Now Network teachers like Sharon Salzberg, Ethan Nichtern and Joseph Goldstein.
Obstacles Along The Middle Way
What are the biggest obstacles that get in the way of spiritual practice? Lama Surya Das looks at some of the most common deviations from the View in Dzogchen practice; obstacles to inner liberation which are common to all forms of spiritual practice.
“Don’t give into the comparing mind. Just notice that and flow on.” – Lama Surya Das
Letting Go (16:00)
How can we start to let go of our many attachments – including all the excess baggage we pick up in our pursuit of enlightenment?
“Remember, the principle of letting go means letting come and go; not suppressing, not trying to control and dominate.” – Lama Surya Das
Distractions & Deviations (31:35)
Lama Surya Das turns to his live audience for a dialog about the things that get in the way of progress in our spiritual practice.
“Mindfulness of thoughts is meditation – not just thinking.” – Lama Surya Das