Our conscious aspiration toward awakening is what energizes the spiritual path. This talk reviews the main characteristic of a vital aspiration, the conditioning that obscures our deepest intentions and offers guided reflections to connect us with what most matters.
After a brief overview of the Foundations, we explore both experientially and through teachings four ways of practicing with the aggregates:
1.) recognizing when they are present,
2.) tracking their arising and passing away,
3.) noting when a thick sense of self is present and opening to experience without such a sense of self, and
4.) noting when suffering or dukkha appears and responding skillfully