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Clinging has come up a few times in the study we’ve done both in our Coogee Dharma study group and in the Men’s study I participate in on Monday nights at The Sydney Buddhist Centre
The Buddha’s teaching is that in our effort to obtain happiness we go after and hold tightly to the things we believe will give us happiness despite the fact that some of these things promise more than they can deliver. And, in some cases these things not only don’t deliver but actually bring suffering.
Examples of things that appear to offer satisfaction but ultimately don’t deliver or even have a sting in the tail are status, possessions, approval and pleasure whereas things that may really deliver happiness may be much less exciting things such as witnessing birth and growth, loving, learning and deepening relationships.
The Buddha’s counsel is to cultivate an easy, non grasping relationship with life and to try to understand the true causes of our happiness and unhappiness.
Meditation is a gentle, gradual and ultimately powerful way to start to let go to the flow of the river of life …..
If you’re interested in learning more about living from this place you might be interested in joining our next study course that runs alternate Sundays from 9 - 10.30 am
Just let me know by email if you are. We’ll be studying Bodhipaksa’s ‘Living as a River’
Hope you can make it this week
Thursday 7 - 8.30 pm
Sunday 8 - 8.50 am
Dharmalata and on behalf of Padmadakini