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


The Thousand Natural Shocks – Laura Burges

Jun 2, 2024

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How can Buddhist philosophy help us address the everyday suffering we encounter in a human body – the accidents, falls, missteps, mistakes, broken bones and broken hearts?

In this talk, Laura Burges recounts her own experience following a recent fall and injury.  She shares practices and reminders that can be helpful when we experience “The thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to” of which Hamlet spoke.

Among these are:

  1. Notice that you are safe in this moment.
  2. Love your inner child and past.
  3. Remember impermanence and that our troubles will change
  4. Respond rather than react – stop and take 3 deep breaths.
  5. Don’t take things personally.
  6. Find the things you can say yes to.

Ryuko Laura Burges, a lay entrusted dharma teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, teaches classes, lectures, and leads retreats in Northern California. She received monastic training at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Laura co-founded the Sangha in Recovery Program at the San Francisco Zen Center and is the abiding teacher at Lenox House Meditation Group in Oakland. Shambhala Publications offers her Buddhist children’s books, Buddhist Stories for Kids and Zen for Kids. Her most recent book from Shambhala is The Zen Way of Recovery: An Illuminated Path Out of the Darkness of Addiction. Laura lives in San Francisco.