Episode 41: Unconditional Acceptance

This week, Reggie reflects on the meaning of the first line of the Dharma Ocean aspiration chant: “May I develop an attitude of complete acceptance and openness to all situations, emotions, and to all people.” He explores this teaching in the context of Buddhist maitri practice, whereby we cultivate an attitude of loving-kindness toward ourselves. This practice leads to a greater sense of wholeness because it teaches us how to turn toward the full range of our human experience, not just the desirable aspects. “In the Tibetan tradition it is said that positive experiences are much more dangerous than negative ones, because the minute you identify with being a successful person all the other parts of you are immediately marginalized. It happens instantly — a whole universe in you goes into hiding.”

These excerpts are taken from talks given at the 2010 and 2011 Winter Dathüns. Dathün is a month-long retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado. To download more of Reggie’s teachings and to explore a variety of recorded talks and practices to assist you on your spiritual journey, please visit our store.

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