Happy Saka Dawa! In honor of this sacred day commemorating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana, Meditation Instructor Eric Weinberg recalls his life and his teachings – particularly his thoughts on hope & fear, the 8 worldly concerns.
We also continue with our series on the lives of Karmapas: today looking at the 10th and 11th Karmapas, who worked skillfully and patiently in a time of enormous political upheaval. There were great losses in those times at the hands of the Mongol Horde, in part due to corruption in the Tibetan noble & religious bureaucracies. Their lives are a powerful demonstration of fortitude & how cutting through the entanglements of hope & fear – the eight worldly concerns – ultimately brings enormous benefit.