Susan reflects on the mysterious and wonderful thing without which we could not survive: TIME! She introduces the idea of deep time in which we have access to infinite time in the present moment. The talk is illustrated with Zen stories and personal experiences. Sue concludes the talk with a reading from her most recent book: This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Dignity and Humor. The evening ends with questions and comments from the sangha.
There is a certain aliveness that comes when we speak honestly in a
vulnerable, yet clear communication. It aligns us with our truth and we
become authentic and wisely powerful. But it's often not easy to do that.
I've based this talk on my son Adam's final thesis from Naropa University
where he recently graduated with a B.A. in somatic and contemplative
psychology. I was quite impressed and moved by it. It made me think. I
wanted to share it as we explore Wise Speech together.
The Buddhist concept of Atammayata or "unconcoctibility" literally means "not made of that." The revered 20th Century master Ajahn Buddhadasa called this principle, "the last word and final sword of Buddhism."