“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön


Meeting the Fragility and Vulnerability of Life – Devin Berry

May 28, 2023

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How do we respond when we witness suffering?
In this talk, Devin Berry reflects on passages from the Dhammapada related to compassion for others and ourselves in the face of dukkha.

He shares that the Buddha described compassion as “the trembling of the heart in response to suffering.”

Especially in marginalized communities, we practice to create a refuge of belonging, which requires opening our heart. However, the habit of seeing those we encounter as ‘other’ can constrain our willingness to actively respond with care. Compassion requires a willingness to lean into suffering and be touched.
Devin Berry is an Insight Meditation Society guiding teacher. A meditator since 1999, his practice is primarily informed by the metta and vipassana teachings of the Insight Meditation tradition. He has undertaken many periods of silent long-term retreat practice. Devin is committed to the personal and collective liberation of marginalized communities knowing that through the integration of reflection and insight, clarity and wisdom give rise to wise action. Devin was mentored by Larry Yang, Lyn Fine, Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson and Andrea Fella. He lives in New England and the Bay Area and teaches nationally.