The Dharma of Humor
The golden threads of practice and recovery help us live life one day at time. Those of us in recovery are not a glum lot and, as we face the suffering caused by addiction, we find that humor is an essential ingredient in a life well lived. Buddhist teachers such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the late Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, have a delightful and playful mischievousness in their teachings. How can we use humor to help leaven life’s inevitable difficulties? Can we misuse humor in hurtful ways? Join us as we consider the uses and misuses of humor in this dharma talk.
This session is from Worldwide Insight’s Healing & Insight series which ran in 2016. This series explored the sharp end of suffering – including addiction in its broadest sense, depression, physical and mental pain, and stress – through the lens of the Buddhist teachings.