Q: How To Stay On Track When Others Are Being Obstructive?

(approx. 9 minutes) KEYWORDS: Q:"It can be too difficult to be around various types of individuals and at the same time be developing the brahmaviharas. How do we stay on track and generate a supportive environment for practice. This often creates conflict in my mind." Don’t be afraid of feeling pressure, frustration, heart energy, welcome, potential, raw expression, dilemma, purification, ‘my way’, virtuous struggle, affluence, entitlement, comfort, weak, anjali, balance, intensity, Dhammapada 239, goldsmith, dross, complaining, good fortune, apocryphal, Venerable Ananda, older people, grumpy, may this fire burn away habits of heedless resistance, may this pressure purify my heart.

Q: When We Chant, 'May All Beings Be Happy', Does That Mean The Only Good Is Happiness?

(approx. 7 minutes) Keywords: Motivation, formal contemplations, Four Brahma Vihara: metta, karuna, mudita, upekkha, obstructions, denial, indulgence, middle way, Acrobat sutta, selfishness, expanding open-hearted awareness, benefit, conflict, anger, relevance, competence.