Sharon Allen is a long time practitioner and teacher of mindfulness meditation and different forms of movement. She taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for many years. Sharon leads several on-going meditation groups that explore spiritual development through meditation, study, and reflection. Sharon encourages the integration of mindfulness in dealing with life’s ever-changing events. When it is suitable, Sharon offers the movement practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong to enhance mindfulness. These movement practices can be adapted and are beneficial for people with varied physical capabilities.
This talk by Sharon Allen is the second in the speaker series entitled "Doorways to Insight." Sharon talks about unsatisfactoriness, which is one of three characteristics of experience. The Pali term for unsatisfactoriness, or suffering, is dukkha. Some examples of dukkha are physical pain, mental stress, sorrow, and despair. It is caused by clinging to things that will change, and/or wanting things to be other than the way they are. It can be liberating to recognize dukkha for what it is.