The Buddha taught that suffering is caused by "desire". But what does that mean, exactly? What is the trouble with wanting things? Is there a good and natural way to want? The question arises from a question someone had about bringing children into this world. Over the course of the podcast I discuss the conditioned, suffering-producing sort of desire the Buddha talked about, and also the sort of wanting that is simply a part of being human. Then I apply those ideas to the possibility of having children and the consequences and implications of that choice. Enjoy!
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David McKay entered a Zen Buddhist monastery at the age of twenty-nine and spent the next eighteen years training there in silence. Over time he became a skilled facilitator and counselor, offering retreats and workshops at the monastery and across the country. David left the monastery in the fall of 2014 to further explore life and spiritual practice back in the world. He currently supports awareness and personal transformation in the form of retreats, workshops, and one-on-one spiritual mentoring.