By Harrison Blum
The Buddha once taught that “All is aflame...with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.” It can certainly seem like the world is on fire right now amidst the pandemic, the murder of George Floyd and many others, and the protests against racist policing. Many of us may understandably seek to simplify the factors at play as we try to navigate our daily choices and convictions, despite inherent nuance and complexity. We may find ourselves striving to ensure zero risk of Covid infection, or to arrive fully and permanently at being “anti-racist enough,” even as a wiser part of ourselves knows better than to seek firm land amidst a moving sea.
The Buddha’s teaching on bhava-tanha (craving being or existence) and vibhava-tanha (craving non-being or nonexistence) can be a useful frame for some of our well-intentioned but misguided reactions to Covid and racism. Join us as we meditate, reflect, and speak on how to stay grounded and engaged in the space between complete security and avoidant aversion.
Join Harrison for practice and a Dharma Talk on Wednesday, July 22; 7:00-8:30pm via Zoom.
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