In a conversation filled with laughter and friendship, Sharon Salzberg & Robert Thurman share much practical wisdom on how we relate to that which makes us feel embattled from without, and from within.
I always like to say, “Buddhism is engaged realism.” Because they say that Buddha himself discovered the nature of reality and also understood that other beings could do so, and also understood that only by such discovery can you find freedom from that suffering.
So realism, being realistic, is the key.
Robert AF Thurman from “Meeting Our Enemies and Our Suffering“
Two legendary Buddhist teachers shine a light on the lofty ideal of loving your enemies and bring it down to earth. How can that be realistic, and what do we have to do inside ourselves to make it more possible?
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This interview “Meeting Our Enemies and Our Suffering with Robert Thurman & Sharon Salzberg” was originally broadcast on December 15th, 2016 on ‘On Being with Krista Tippett’. Used with permission, All Rights Reserved.
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