In this time of stress—political, racial, economic, familial, and certainly mental—the Buddha’s teachings are particularly useful, even precious. Ordained Bhikkhuni Ayya Medhanandi, who directs a Hermitage in Ontario, recently offered a talk titled “When Fear Dies,” in which she presents the Buddha’s teachings on how we can respond to anxiety, fear, impatience or aggression, whether these arise in others or ourselves.
She states that the “Buddha’s teaching on love – and fear being the absence of love – has become urgent” and that it is more critical than ever that we practice metta within our Sangha, training to carry it out into the wider world, where we can influence our environment toward peace.
This last Sunday Eveline guided our reflections on how we can practice skillful actions that heal ourselves and others during this acute time of turmoil in our culture and around the world.
The talk is available here: https://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/391/62094.html
Eveline also read from the book Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, by Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Lama Rod Owens.