Hope: not a bad thing

Today we talked about hope, which tends to be a unappreciated word in Buddhist circles, because it carries the insinuation that we’re not satisfied with the here and now, or we’re looking for happiness in the future. But there’s a more nuanced way to look at hope. Not everyone in the class totally agreed with the author’s definitions, but it led to some interesting discussions:

Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Dark Times, Resisting the Defeatism of Easy Despair, and What Victory Really Means for Movements of Social Change

Also, as promised, a link to the Saturday Night Live skit which is surprisingly insightful about where one can find happiness. Plus, it’s funny. Enjoy!

Please note: There will be no sitting group next week because I will be at a wedding in Long Island!  I’ll be back to lead the sitting group on June 2.

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