During a time when there is so much tension, hatred and divisiveness in our nation and the world, there are four sublime states of heart-mind that the Buddha spoke of that support our mindfulness practice and can heal the wounds of human existence. Loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity are inherent to our true nature and when experienced, allow us to feel light and flexible, open and concentrated at the same time.
During this talk we will explore what seems to block us from dwelling in these beautiful states. Using guided meditation and chanting we will make contact with this loving heart, nurture it and manifest it in the many contexts of our daily lives.
About John Orr
John received Theravada Buddhist ordination and training for a period of eight years while living as a monk in Thailand and India. He has been teaching meditation and leading retreats around the country since 1980. John is an Interfaith minister and teaches at Duke University. He is the guiding teacher of the New Hope Sangha, which is a nondenominational community located in Durham, NC that respects the wisdom of various spiritual traditions.