Guardians of the world
The Buddha identified two bright, natural qualities of the heart-mind as the roots of our ethical sensitivity, and therefore ‘guardians of the world.’ How can we understand these two – conscience and concern (hiri-ottappa in Pali) – and how can they help in times of upheaval?
Keri Pederson has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1998, and was invited to teach in 2007 by Rodney Smith. She completed a four-year teacher training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She leads groups and offers classes and retreats through Seattle Insight and Cloud Mountain Retreat Center. Keri also works in elder-care and lives on Vashon with her husband and young son. She spoke at the Zen Center on March 17, 2019.