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The World Is Burning: Allowing Suffering to Propel Rather Than Paralyze Us
A Public Talk with Gus Cutz

Death, illness, the frailty of old age, the loss of our livelihoods, the limitations of not being able to be with friends or loved ones, fear, panic, anger, prejudice, division. These aspects of our current everyday lives, needless to say, are true suffering. Right now, it sometimes seems as if this mass of sufferings is threatening to engulf us or overwhelm us. The world seems to be on fire all around us, and we may feel powerless as it burns. This true suffering, which has always been there, is so prominent to many of us right now that we may feel unable to distract ourselves as usual with the trance of materialism. When that refuge fails us, what can we do?  This place where so many of us find ourselves these days is exactly the place where the Buddha’s teachings begin. The Buddha’s mission was precisely to show us how to move on from there, rather than remain stuck. Together, we will look at how each step of the path taught by the Buddha pertains to the current world situation, and how we can transform our suffering into fuel and traction on our path to finding true freedom from suffering for ourselves and for all sentient beings.


Suggested Offering

Suggested: $20

Other offering options: free to $30

The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member discounts or benefits will be applied automatically if you have a membership in MindBody.

About the Speaker

Gustavo Cutz has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Center since 2008 and previously worked as an editor at Wisdom Publications in Boston. He was the facilitator for Discovering Buddhism from 2012-17 and has taught the course since 2017. He is in the process of becoming an FPMT-certified teacher. Gus also interprets and summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, the six perfections, the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation,” and Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapters 1-3. Gus is a clinical psychologist and currently practices on Long Island.

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