The dharma talk for Monday, December 21, is “Joy”. You may access it on dharmaseed.org. Under “teachers”, type in Christina Feldman. Then, type in “joy” under the section marked “talks.” This dharma talk is from 7/16/12, and was given at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. It is approximately 50 minutes long.
Can also be accessed at http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/44/?search=Joy, 2nd talk listed.
Here are some questions we might use during our session:
What stood out for you from the talk? What touched you?
Christina Feldman talks about the importance of joy in dealing with suffering in our lives. How does this resonate with you in your own experience?
What have you found that smothers joy—-stifles and suffocates our capacity for joy in our lives?
Feldman talks about “training and liberating our hearts from residues”. What does she mean by this? How have you worked with it in your practice?
How can we cultivate our capacity for the lovely, without clinging and craving?
How does moving to the language of “we” and “us” begin to transform our lives—-especially in today’s world?
Feldman says that the “greater the calming of “I” and “other”, the greater the joy. Have you experienced this in your life? What has been the impact?
What are some of the ways in which we can “make room for joy” in our lives? How are they different from contriving or pretending to be joyful?
Other comments/observations about this dharma talk.