009 Audio Steve Armstrong Retreat 2017 –

Last session Saturday:  Q and A

Q When you learn to be detached, how do you relate to everyone else?
A- With wisdom and compassion

Q – Is someone who is not entangled a loner?
A – They are self reliant and knowledgeable….happiness not depending on others; relationship of serving/offering not demanding expectation/obligation

-stay engaged with lots of people; entangled with ourself, not because of someone else.   If we’re not happy, it’s our own mistake/beliefs/conditioning.

-the less deluded we are, the less we expect people to satisfy us.    More awareness in relationships.   Challenge is being in the thick of life.     Prefer alot of time alone,    attending to inner life.

  1. Q)  ??
  2. A) Develop qualities of awakened heart/ look at sources of suffering e.g. Restlessness, anxiety.

Liberation is from understanding your mind; causes and conditions of suffering and you can let go….you suffer less.    Suffer less becAuse you understand suffering, not you got rid of it.

Buddha had delusion still….he understood it, and didn’t suffer dukha.

Journey of awakening….gotta work with it, little by little

“The way it is, is the Dharma”

Feel into the suffering staes of loss, fear, anxiety, etc.  ….understand their conditions, then we are free of the entanglement.

Don’t lose your mind.   Is it entangled?     Can you be with it?