Setting Intentions

It’s a new year and many people make New Year’s Resolutions to make changes in their lives? Why do these resolutions often not work? This talk explores a Buddhist way to think about intention. Instead of asking “What do I want to do?”, we could ask questions like: What does my body want me to do? What does my family want me to do? What does my community want me to do? What does the biosphere want me to do? We can find out that our deepest intentions transcend the seeming dichotomy between self-centeredness and altruism.

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Zenki Christian Dillo Roshi is the the guiding teacher at the Boulder Zen Center in Colorado, USA. This podcast shares the regular dharma talks given at the center. Zenki Roshi approaches Zen practice as a craft of transformation, liberation, wisdom and compassionate action. His interest is to bring Buddhism alive within the Western cultural context, while staying committed to the traditional emphasis on yogic embodiment.