Q: How Might Those With A Scientific Background Relate To Teachings On Rebirth?

(approx. 11 minutes) KEYWORDS: Q: "For those of us with a Western scientific back ground, some of the more metaphysical teachings of the Buddha's teachings such as rebirth are hard to make sense of. And even from the perspective of the teaching on Anatta, rebirth is hard to make sense of! Please could you give advice on how to relate to those parts of the teachings that seem to require belief in things we cannot know for ourselves and also the parts of the teachings that we plain just don’t understand.” Engage the paradox, dilemma, clinging, fear, selfless just-knowing awareness, anatta, compulsively taking sides, intelligence, not-knowing, laws of materiality, laws of consciousness, gravity, conceptual formulation, trust, study, uncertainty, greed, poison, humility, modesty, abdication, True Principles, not avoiding responsibility, dilemmas are a gift.

Q: Can You Expand On, ‘Imbalance Can Also Be Beautiful’?

(approx. 7 minutes) KEYWORDS: “I have been reading this verse recently and wondered if you can expand a bit on, ‘imbalance also being beautiful’, and if you can offer any examples.” Dhammapada verse 194, Ikebana, Buddhist Society Summer School, forms, space, spirit, forest monastery, beautiful aspiration, sincere interest, relevant questions, patience, emotionally illiterate, intuitively blind, commitment, modesty, humility, soft powers, subtle beauty, materialism.

Q: How To Deal With Feelings Of Frustration and Discouragement?

(approx. 9 minutes) Keywords: "I find myself frustrated by the laziness of others". Two approaches, strategies, expectations, meeting experiences, Ajahn Chah, 70%-30%, 90%-10%, stories in our head, judging, questioning, resentment, feelings in our heart, surrendering, deep in-breath, the open-heated state, feel fully offended, agents of our suffering, compassionate heart, trusting, relationships, alone under a tree, settle the great matter, vectors of transformation, humility, abdication, modesty.