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Virtue and Renunciation: Guilt-Free Edition

Although easily mistaken for a Victorian guilt trip, virtue and renunciation are actually the causes for great joy and can serve as a compass in times of confusion or doubt.

In Session IV of the Ordinary Mind Meditation Course/Podcast, we dive into a topic which serves as the bedrock of the spiritual path. Although easily mistaken for a Victorian guilt trip, virtue and renunciation are actually the causes for great joy and can serve as a compass in times of confusion or doubt. We practice “The Primary Practice” – a type of body scan meditation that also includes all of the five physical senses and then gradually opens the heart to the totality of experience:

 

Once you’re familiar with the subject, you can use this meditation-only file:

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I have been practicing Buddhadharma since around 2008. Starting out in a Theravada context and learning from inspiring teachers, I then practiced Zen in both Korean and Vietnamese traditions, Vajrayana (Kagyu) Buddhism and now study and practice and in the lineage of Chan Buddhism (Linji Lineage of HsuYun), in which I am a Novice Priest and Junior Dharma Teacher. My highest aspiration and greatest inspiration is the actual pursuit of happiness – that means my own happiness coupled – inextricably – with that of all others.

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