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September 23. The Value and Necessity of Suffering
(A Brief Synopsis of a talk by Red Hawk)
Yogi Ramsuratkumar taught: "If you are born, you suffer."
Buddha's '4 Noble Truths' taught:

  1. there is suffering.
  2. there is a cause of suffering.
  3. there is an end to suffering.
  4. there is a path to that end.
Why is suffering inevitable, unavoidable? Is it necessary? Has it some important value for those who pursue a spiritual path? What is that value? What is (#4) the "...path to that end?" Perhaps we may explore these questions together in this talk.

Speaker: Red Hawk Red Hawk is an acclaimed poet and the author of 12 books, including Self Observation, Self Remembering, The Way of the Wise Woman, and Return to the Mother.

Previous talks in 2023:
September 9, 2023. One's Face on the Path (Jocelyn Del Rio)
August 26, 2023. What If…? An Exploration of Transformational Possibility (Regina Sara Ryan)
August 12, 2023. Cultivating Transparency: Realizing the Emptiness of the Stories You Tell Yourself and Others (Rob Schmidt and Stuart Goodnick)
July 29 2023. The Myth of Enlightenment (Karl Krumins)
July 15, 2023. It’s Not the Fall That Kills You: A Talk on Groundlessness (Juanita Violini)
July 1, 2023. What's Your Pleasure? Poetry & Perspectives on Pleasure as It Relates to the Spiritual Path (Karen Sprute-Francovich)
June 17, 2023. Women Talking: Power, Dominance, and Agency in the Age of ‘Me Too’ and on the Path (Elise Erro)
June 3, 2023. Removing Obstacles to Our Heart's Desire (Lalitha)
May 20, 2023. Conscience and the Law of Identification (Red Hawk)
May 6, 2023. Losing the Taste for Drama (Bandhu Dunham)
April 15, 2023. Working with Money as Spiritual Practice (Panel Discussion: Regina Sara Ryan, Tom Lennon, and VJ Fedorschak)
April 1, 2023. The Shadow on the Path (VJ Fedorschak)
March 18, 2023. My Last Bully Is Me (Rick Lewis)
March 4, 2023. Honey In The Heart: The Rasa of Enjoyment, Delight and Celebration on the Path (Nachama Greenwald)
February 18, 2023. Wisdom Teachings of the Ancient World: Celtic Spirituality and Tantra (Mary Angelon Young)
February 4, 2023. Deep Dharmic Doo-Doo: Resistance is Futile… But So Also Is Acceptance (Peter Cohen)
January 21, 2023. Lies We Tell Ourselves (Karl Krumins)
January 7, 2023. How Do We Enter the Heart, and What Do We Find When We Enter? The Way of the Pilgrim and the Prayer of the Heart (Regina Sara Ryan)