I have a discussion with my friend Sattvik Basarkod about religion and desire. We explore some of the overlap between relgious dogma and philosophy, desire, and shame. I discuss some of my experiences both in the Catholic church and through other religious practices.
Throughout this podcast we talk about different religions and it all connects to desire. We talk about the rules and ethical principles of religion, but the end goal of all religions is not just ethics or social harmony. All religions want to end suffering. So they remind us to give up smaller pleasures for higher happiness. Zen beautifully describes it as: when we let go off all expectations of future, and fantasies of past, we dwell peacefully in this present moment, full of satisfaction and peace.
Sattvik has been studying religion and mindfulness and created MindMeditate, an organization to encourage Wayne State University students to find peace of mind through mindful meditation.