Lama Surya Das is joined by Paul Samuel Dolman for a chat that touches on the importance of remembering our true natures, bringing awareness to social action, and learning to love the world by starting with ourselves.
Remembering to Remember (Opening) – Paul talks about first meeting Lama Surya Das and the story of how the two ended up in the ocean, hanging out with Ram Dass together. He shares the teachings and practices that help remind him of his own Buddha nature.
“My mind is crazy like all minds are, my egoic mind will run wild. If I just bring it home with meditation, I ground myself and remember that I am an infinite being. I need constant reminding.” – Paul Samuel Dolman
Awareness and Social Action (22:30) – Lama Surya Das and Paul discuss the past few years of social and political discord. Surya Das talks about the need for us all to bring awareness to how we relate to social action.
Practicing Love (37:35) – How can a regular spiritual practice change the way that we love ourselves and others? Paul looks at the difficult but important practice of self-love and tuning our lives into the positivity that exists all around us.
“We have these reinforced patterns of competition. We are being constantly conditioned. We are bombarded every day, annoying to the point of toxicity, with advertising where the basic message is that you are not good enough. The deck is stacked against us, but you can win with meditation, presence and choice.” – Paul Samuel Dolman
Joseph Goldstein looks at the nuances of bringing love to ourselves with Metta meditation practice on Ep. 51 of the Insight Hour Podcast
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