Light on the path: pleasure, joy, fulfilment and free-ness.

With Martin Aylward recorded on September 24, 2017.

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Our founding and guiding teacher Martin Aylward reflects on the importance of being nourished and uplifted by our practice. He looks at the nature of happiness and our sometimes difficult relationship with pleasure; explore opening up to joy, and point to ways in which dharma practice is fulfilling and freeing.

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