Freedom and Release

Payton led the discussion this past Sunday on the topic of Freedom: Relief vs. Release. The discussion was centered around a talk by Gil Fronsdal, available here:

http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/6816.html

Gil brought up the social/philosophical tensions that exist in all our lives and how perhaps the “middle way” isn’t just choosing a place on that spectrum. Just a few:

  • individualism vs. conformity
  • discipline vs. allowing
  • conservative vs. liberal

He also listed the “four prisons” that trap us in these tensions:

  • Religious observances
  • Opinions
  • Self
  • Sensual desire

Gil’s suggestion, near the end of the talk, was just to be “thus”, rather than identifying with any one side or the other.