Wednesday Open House: Making Aspirations

October 9th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    Join us for instruction, practice, and community building during our weekly open house meditation session. Particularly oriented for newer students, but open to all practice levels, instruction will be provided in sitting meditation before group practice begins. This meditation is a way of cultivating the natural strength, clarity and stability of the mind. A short dharma talk will be offered by one of our local teachers to enrich the mind of meditation.

    7:00pm - Gather & tea
    7:15pm - Instruction, practice & dharma discussion
    8:45pm - End

    During this season, we are exploring Compassion practices in a series of presentations on compassion in daily life as found in the books "Tonglen" by Pema Chödrön and "Lojong" by Ven. Traleg Rinpoche.

    All the joy the world contains
    Has come through wishing happiness for others.
    All the misery the world contains
    Has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.

    Is there need for lengthy explanation?
    Childish beings look out for themselves;
    Buddhas labor for the good of others:
    See the difference that divides them
    -- Shantideva

    Training on how to go beyond the habits of self-centered thinking through the practice of Tonglen - Sending and Taking. (Drawn from the book Tonglen by Pema Chodron.)

    Discussion on how to bring a compassionate attitude into the midst of our everyday interactions,
    using the pithy mind training reminders of Lojong. (Drawn from the book Lojong by Traleg Rinpoche.)

    Open to all, both newcomers and community members.  Drop-in attendance is welcome, as well as participating in the full training sequence.  There will be guided compassion practices each week, as well as suggestions for how to practice between each session.

    Wednesday evenings, beginning October 8th though January 8th.  7:00PM - 8:45PM

    Dates and Topics

    October 9 Making Aspirations
    October 16 Equality of Self and Other
    October 23 Unconditional Compassion
    October 30 Relative Compassion
    November 6 *No Open House - Community Meeting
    November 13 Sending and Taking
    November 20 Making Compassion Practice Your Own
    November 27 Working with Blame
    December 4 Working with Conflicting Emotions
    December 11 Be Grateful to Everyone
    December 18 Always Apply Only a Joyful Mind
    December 25 *No Open House
    January 1 Beyond Schadenfreude
    January 8 Becoming a Bodhisattva

    All are Welcome! No matter your experience with meditation, practicing in a group supports your personal meditation practice in a variety of ways.

    No registration necessary. A $5-$15 donation at the door is greatly appreciated, but not required.