Facebook link to today's talk, February 28, 2021: https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Hall-PhD-110012554072429/videos/247307193603982
Today's primary resource is Open to Desire: The Truth About What the Buddha Taught by Mark Epstein, MD. (2006). New York: Avery.
Today’s talk is a follow up to the discussion on Valentine’s Day of nonattachment/attachment disorder, and last week’s discussion of spiritual bypassing. I have spoken of the attachment to emptiness as dwelling in the ‘cave of nonduality’. Once the silence and peace of this absolute emptiness is experienced, it can be enticing, particularly to those who have experienced enormous suffering and trauma in this life. In emptiness there is no separation and hence no suffering. If the goal is the end of suffering, then emptiness is your ticket. Without the sense of self-identity, there can be no suffering as there is no separation. No separation means there is no comparison of what is with what isn’t. Without this comparing process, nothing is seen as lacking. There is neither joy nor the absence of joy. There is no passion, no desire, no fear, no pain of loss, no excitement, and no despair. Obviously, meaningful relationships of all kinds are avoided or diminished, as relationships have typically been a source of suffering.