“In the Ocean of Samsara, what can you hold on to, to keep from drowning?…. Nothing”
short clip from a recent talk on Dukkha during the 3 Characteristics of Existence Retreat.
“Dukkha is the result of how we relate to reality. If we cling to what is impermanent, what is undependable, we cause our own suffering. Dukkha is not something that somebody else, the universe or whatever, puts on us, Dukkha is what we take up, we take up the Burden ourselves”.
“If we have the responsibility of this Dukkha, if we are creating our own suffering, well guess what, we have the choice to not do that, we have the choice to let go.”
“Once you realize that you have the power, once you realize that its not some external force that is causing you suffering, pain, once you realize that it’s you, and you are responsible for your own dukkha, then you give yourself the power to change that, to end that Dukkha.”
Dhamma Talk – Various Aspects of Metta
I wanted to share the video log of a friend of mine whom I met a few months ago. She resides over in Australia and is on the path towards becoming a Bhikkhuni. I’m happy that she is doing a video log of her journey as I believe it will be of great benefit for women who wish to follow the same path, as well as men.
The fourfold assembly is fourfold for a reason, and the growth of the Bhikkhuni order is of great benefit to the growth and survival of the Dhamma world wide.
So check out her videos and see a different perspective on the Dhamma, from a woman I greatly admire and wish well.
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If you’re interested in what a higher ordination is like, this video covers the whole thing and more. The first 25 minutes or so are the ceremony, then Bhante G goes over the whole ceremony again in English for all of us to understand.