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In the Cool Shade of the Tree: Planting the Seed of Joy In Our Meditation Practice

by Dhivan (2022)

It's said that the Buddha’s breakthrough came when he remembered a natural experience of enjoyment, which arose when he was a young boy sitting under a rose-apple tree: an experience that later became the seed of his Awakening. In this talk, Dhivan guides us through the significance of that famous image in the Buddha’s life, drawing on rich sources of inspiration including Greek philosophy and poetry, as well as core Dharma teachings such as The Middle Way and the Four Noble Truths.

Dhivan then moves into a thorough exploration of joy, in both its mundane and grander manifestations. As he does so, he recalls the Buddha’s realization that joy and happiness arise when our life coalesces around our deepest values, often connected with relaxing in meditation. This is what may lead to Awakening for any and all of us…

This talk was given in the Dharma Parlour tent, at Buddhafield 2022.

This talk is part of the series Seeds of the Heart: Talks from the Dharma Parlour at Buddhafield 2022.