October 19, 2010

Craziness is not an obstacle to your practice—it IS your practice

Larry Rosenberg photographed by Dorothea BowenLarry Rosenberg, who is leading the Tricycle Retreat for the month of October, had a bout of illness earlier in the month and missed much of the Week 1 discussion when it first happened, but he's better now and he's answering questions with a vengeance! We're so glad Larry's feeling better and we're especially pleased with the great discussion going on right now relating to his third dharma talk of the retreat, "The Buddha and the Shrimper, Part 2." This direct interaction with the teacher is, we think, part of what makes Tricycle Retreats so special.

In the Week 1 discussion, a retreatant described how practice could be a refuge from "the turmoil and craziness of my life." Larry responds:

The "craziness" is not an obstacle to practice ------ it IS your practice. Instead of trying to let go, bring sustained, not reactive observation to being stuck. Investigate, learn from as clear seeing as you can manage right now.

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