Talks September 26, 2018 | 60 min.

Looking at Oppression through the Lens of the Four Noble Truths

Erin Selover

Fundamentally, what the Buddha was pointing to is that it is hard being human! I’m not in control. Anything can happen in any moment. And that’s a lot to sit with. So what we’re doing in this path is opening more and more and more to this raw vulnerability. To uncertainty. To the truth of change. Thinking about the first noble truth from this point of view makes the second noble truth, the truth of resistance, completely understandable. Really, who wants to feel that raw vulnerability—to feel that they’re not in control? And then you feel that, and realize “Oh, I’m okay. I’ll be okay.”

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