newDharma Talk | Bearing Witness to Suffering


As a friend of mine likes to say, “You got people, you got problems.” Even if we’re simply facing ourselves, we’ve still got problems. We can’t escape our pain. We can’t hide from it or make it disappear, but we can learn to live with it. We can be in relationship with it. It starts with the simple act of just paying attention.

“Maybe just for a moment we can breathe some life into our relationship with suffering by bearing witness to it, by bearing witness to the supposed oppressor, by bearing witness to the victim, by bearing witness to the “us” that is suffering, by bearing witness to the many people that are held down, that have in their spirits been suppressed and repressed. If we can just bear witness to it…maybe we can bear witness to the truth of that. Not as a way to discard the other truths, but to let it all in.”

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