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Fear, Risk and Spiritual Death

by Suryadarshini (2017)

Suryadarshini explores what fear can teach us about being ourselves. She draws on her journey to ordination and the ordination retreat; reflects on being alone by herself (on solitary) and with others (in silence); and shares her experience of surviving solitaries.

Developing a wholesome fear of spiritual death is a wise response to recognising the gravity of what we undertake when we practice Dharma. By learning how to skilfully engage with our fears, we get to know all parts of ourselves, so there is nothing we need to hide from or defend. We realise that ultimately, there is no self to protect.

Total running time: 0:39:40