“When the mind is uplifted by joy the body becomes all tranquil” – Buddha
This dharma talk begins with a question about handling physical pain during meditation. The terms pain and suffering are defined; and their importance as the key concepts of the first noble truth are discussed. “Letting go”, equanimity, acceptance, and non-resistance are touched on as the conversation continues. Culadasa describes his own recent abdominal surgery as an illustration of the effects of maintaining equanimity.