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


The Eight Worldly Winds – Sean Feit Oakes

Oct 2, 2022

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The Eight Worldly Winds were described in the Pali Canon as the conditions that move through the world: 

  • Gain & Loss
  • Pleasure & Pain
  • Praise & Blame
  • Fame & Disrepute

Ultimately we find ourselves grasping at the first of each couplet, and resisting the latter. The Buddha used these conditions to teach that all things are impermanent and unreliable, so we best not rely on them for our liberation from suffering.  

Using insights from the addiction model, Sean explores how we can free ourselves from the fixation that accompanies these worldly conditions.
Sean Feit Oakes, PhD (he/him, queer, Puerto Rican and English ancestry, living on unceded Pomo land in NorCal), teaches Buddhism and somatic practice focusing on the integration of meditation, trauma resolution, and social justice. He received teaching authorization from Jack Kornfield, and wrote his dissertation on extraordinary states in Buddhist meditation and experimental dance. He teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, East Bay Meditation Center, Insight Timer, and locally. SeanFeitOakes.com

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