This program will be held online via Zoom. Information on joining the program online will be provided in the Order Confirmation email.
“Go straight into the heart of danger, for there you will find safety.” ~ Chinese proverb
Most of us have not lived through such perilous times; for us the state of our world is truly unprecedented. Yet, the fundamental truth of impermanence, that conditions cannot be depended upon, is at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings. From a Dharma perspective, this uncertain time is no different than the way things have always been, and times to come will be no different than things are now. There will never be a time when conditions will be dependable.
This practice group is for those called to participate in these times with a courageous and tender heart. We have the Dharma to guide us through. Not pretending we are not experiencing anxiety, doubt, and other difficult reactions that are bound to arise. Not ignoring the difficult. Let’s use this time not to simply survive but to thrive and to help others by staying sane and steady within.
In Japanese, the word for “crisis” is made of two symbols: “danger” and “opportunity”. What are the opportunities or invitations during this dangerous time? Is it possible to look more deeply and see more clearly what obscures true luminosity of being? Is it possible to relinquish what no longer serves and find true safety? Through our practice and the teachings of the Buddha, can we find refuge within our own hearts?
This program is appropriate for experienced meditators, those who have been practicing with dedication and perseverance. Each session will include formal meditation practices, teachings, time for discussion, reflections and questions. Please join Narayan and the CIMC sangha to practice together and to ask the questions that are of greatest importance to us now. Full and partial scholarships are available.