In this evening’s talk, Soryu considers the first noble truth, the presence of suffering, problems, and societal insanity. Soryu tells a story that addresses the relationship between morality and wisdom. In our practice and life, we can establish a positive feedback loop between morality and wisdom; this is what helps us face, understand, and overcome suffering.

In this talk, Soryu mentions the name Somadanda. This was an error; the name of this person was Soṇadaṇḍa. You can read more about him in the Soṇadaṇḍa Sutta, DN 4.

Deepen your understanding of this talk by following the associated Guided Meditation.

This talk was given on February 1st, 2015.

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