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Love and Compassion: Working with Disturbing Emotions
January 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am MST
We live in difficult, transitional times. Our situation is often unpredictable, and so are our emotional states. It is helpful at this time to deepen our meditation practice, and learn techniques to stabilize our emotional states.
Love and Compassion: Working with Disturbing Emotions is the second online course led by Diane Musho Hamilton and Caty Hartung. The course will engage Zen Buddhist and Tibetan teachings and practices for working with one’s emotions, as well as opening one’s heart. We will use contemporary insights such as understanding how our brain and nervous system works, as well as traditional methods like the use of breath to support an aware state of mind.
We will study for 9 weeks (January 22nd – 19th of March), examining the truth of impermanence, creating proper conditions for meditation, and learning how to open up to the constant change we are facing. We will look into the nature of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and anger, and learn how to better work with them. We will enlarge our capacity for kindness, using Buddhist practices of sitting meditation like shine (calming the mind), tonglen (giving and receiving), Loving-Eyes (mantra meditation), and experience the nature of awareness itself (Big Mind). Finally, we will explore hidden emotions using the shadow practice.
The course started on January 22. Registration is still open if you would like to join in the second week.
If now is the time for you to go deeper in a culture of like-minded practitioners who wish to understand the challenges that we are all facing, please join us.