Gather around for story time as Jack offers a dharma talk centered around the Mahāparinibbāṇa Sutta, which contains the teachings from the last year of the Buddha’s life.
Jack begins the podcast with, “The myth of the Buddha, or the story of it, is a story of what’s possible for us.” Then, he introduces us to the Mahāparinibbāṇa Sutta, which contains the teachings from the last year of the Buddha’s life. From here, he shares mythic stories of the Buddha’s “goodbye tour” after announcing his impending death, including the Buddha’s final encounter with his old friend, Mara.
“This teaching, or this text, has two main themes. One is how the Buddha wants to leave his teachings as guidance to practice for the community and people who are following him, to empower them. And the second is to foster or empower wise relationships, to one another, in the spiritual community, and to the world.” – Jack Kornfield