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

 

Spirituality and Authenticity – Melvin Escobar

May 14, 2023

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In this talk, Melvin Escobar encourages us to meditate on two Koans:
“What is your original face?”
and
“What was your original face before your parents were born?”

He offers this alternative perspective on aspects of the 3 Jewels:
The Buddha – representing the Oneness of all things;
The Dharma – representing the Diversity of all things;
The Sangha – where Oneness and Diversity merge in harmony.

He reminds us that our authentic self is shaped by all of our past experiences, including the experiences of our ancestors before we were born.
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Melvin Escobar is a core teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center, a licensed psychotherapist, and a certified yoga instructor. Melvin has walked the path of service for much of his life, drawing on his experiences as a queer man of color born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.

Having encountered the priceless wisdom embodied in Buddhism and Yoga, he continues daily to learn the revolutionary potential of body-centered contemplative practices for personal and social healing. You can read his latest article in Lion’s Roar Magazine “Loving-Kindness: May All Beings Be Happy,” and visit his website www.melvinescobar.com for more information.