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Joseph Goldstein talks about how wisdom arises from an understanding of the true nature of impermanence, and how experiencing the truth of change can be our doorway to freedom.
In this episode, Joseph explores:
- The nature of impermanence and why going from an intellectual understanding of it to a direct experience of it can be our doorway to freedom
- The different ways we can gain liberating insights into the truth of impermanence, including reflecting on death and relationships
- How, when we begin to see the true nature of change, we start to cultivate Bodhicitta
- The two levels of Bodhicitta – the relative level and the ultimate level – and how Bodhicitta manifests as responsive compassion
“So this is really important because in talking about the impermanent nature of all this and how ultimately unsatisfying it all is, the implication is not that we pull back from experience, as some people might assume. Rather, it’s learning to not hold on. That is the implication, and that is the doorway to freedom.” – Joseph Goldstein
This dharma talk from March 25, 2004, was originally published on Dharma Seed.