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John Dunne: Bodhidharma Through Himalayan Eyes (Part 8 – last)

John Dunne: Bodhidharma Through Himalayan Eyes (Part 8 – last)

Episode Description: John Dunne introduces a practice which he refers to as "the great equanimity." All things "taste the same," he tells us, and he recommends experimenting in moments when we are receiving either praise or blame. He also talks about Jon Kabat-Zinn's work with individuals suffering from chronic pain, which worked to change the patient's relationship to pain, rather than trying to eliminate pain itself. We can view our own pain this way, and accept that while we aren't going to get rid of it, we can eliminate the dualistic grasping which magnifies our suffering. Finally, he introduces a Shamatha practice in which the practitioner uses her own awareness as the object of meditation.
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