In this course, we will explore the instructions from the Buddha's discourse on the third of the "Four Foundations of Mindfulness": Mindfulness of Mind-Heart (citta).
Buddhist teachings encourage us to be aware of mental and emotional experiences without judgment and to observe their arising and passing away, "remaining independent, not clinging to anything in the world". The implications of these instructions are profound. If the mind and heart can be observed—and these mental states ceaselessly come and go—what are we? And what is it that is aware of the mind-heart?
In this class, we will work with these instructions in formal practice and in daily life, with the intention to understand the nature of mind-heart, and to find a place of peace. This practice encourages relaxation of body and mind while paying close attention to present moment experience. This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, by Joseph Goldstein, is a helpful guide for this investigation.
Ron Denhardt has practiced Insight Meditation and in the Zen tradition since 1989. He has been teaching at CIMC since 2006, where he teaches the Elders' Group and other classes. He also teaches meditation at colleges, adult education centers, and other community organizations. Ron has a strong interest in somatic practices and neuroscience. He finds it very heartening when practitioners realize personal freedom is possible and that their own freedom will be beneficial to all.