Dealing with Dharma

Many Yoga teachers will give a Dharma talk at the beginning of class, hoping to enrich your practice by providing some insight into the history and philosophy behind the Yoga tradition, and how this can relate to your day-to-day life.  The posts in my blog aim to do a similar thing.  Just remember that a Dharma talk is not meant to be insight in and of itself.  It is a means of presenting insight, using words and concepts.  After a dharma talk we should feel lighter, not heavier.  Don’t try to dissect all the words and notions that are presented to you, but simply let the concepts wash over you and see what feelings and thoughts awaken.  The Buddha said many times, “My teaching is like a finger pointing to the moon.  Do not mistake the finger for the moon.”

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