A brief exploration arising out of the Buddha's instructions:
"It is in this way that we must train ourselves, by liberation of the self through love. We will develop love. We will practice it. We will make it both a way and a basis, take our stand upon it, store it up and thoroughly set it going." Samutta Nikaya
Ignorance is the first link in the chain of dependent origination. The talk explores how formations are conditioned by ignorance to create three levels of obscuration, and how the path of sila, samadhi, and pañña works through them to touch enlightenment.
This talk explores a few of the difficult or afflictive states of mind that arise in our human experience and some effective way to work with them through the powerful tools in our practice of concentration, mindfulness, metta and compassion.
How your practice can unfold as you leave retreat includes seeing it as a path of happiness; value of opening to suffering; learning to listen to the truth inside and expressing your caring as compassionate action.