This program will be held online via Zoom from 1:00-4:30pm ET. A link with simple instructions will be sent to all registrants before the program.
The path of awakening taught by the Buddha includes a wide range of practices to calm the body and mind, to heal the heart, and to respond to need with wisdom and compassion. Silent meditation is only one form of training. In our time together, we will use the foundation of inner practice to build a holistic approach to transformation and engaged action.
When the heart is open and the mind clear, we are able to respond to challenges and crises with wisdom, love and skill. In this half-day workshop, we’ll explore practices to strengthen the heart and cultivate a wise perspective on relationships and life. Participants will be invited to apply their contemplative practice to a real-life situation, developing new ideas and skills to identify one’s resources, limits, and capacity to engage without getting overwhelmed. The workshop will include a range of tools, from silent meditation to reflection to interactive practice. Meditation instructions and Dharma talks will be offered and there will be time for questions. We will take several short breaks, including a longer break half-way through.
This event is appropriate for meditators at all levels of experience. All are welcome; no prior experience necessary.
NOTE: This workshop is both a stand-alone program and Part 2 of a series of three online, half-day workshops offered by Oren Jay Sofer. Register above, at CIMC, for this workshop. Information and registration for the three-part Holistic Spirituality series is available here.
Oren Jay Sofer, a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, teaches meditation and communication retreats and workshops nationally. He is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma. Oren also holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and is the founder of Next Step Dharma. He is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents