This program will be held online via Zoom. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email.
When making time for meditation in the midst of a busy daily life, we might find that the moment we sit down to practice or come to the walking path, the mind rebels against our best intentions to develop calm, understanding, and clarity. We feel sleepy. We feel restless. We wonder what we’re doing. Sometimes, in frustration, practitioners begin to think they have a particularly unruly or unwieldy mind and that they are, in fact, just a poor meditator.
Not so! The Buddha taught that for much of our meditation practice, when things don’t feel clear, it’s simply because of the presence of one of five very common stumbling blocks which he named “The Five Hindrances”. These temporary attitudes of mind appear to obscure our clarity and get in the way of our practice. They include such ordinary and seemingly implacable frustrations as worry, anger, sleepiness, wanting, and self-doubt. However, the Buddha also taught that there is a method to work skillfully with each. Until we develop a significant understanding of how they operate in our unique experience, we’re guaranteed to feel like meditation is an uphill climb. But once understanding develops, these stumbling blocks become stepping stones which lead to deeper insight, and we no longer feel the need to get rid of them in order for our meditative practice to develop and deepen.
In this day-long meditation workshop, we will explore this common territory for all meditators. As we learn how to integrate the experience of the Five Hindrances seamlessly into our formal meditation practice, our confidence in our spiritual development can truly flourish.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our time together will include sitting meditation with instructions, talks and time for discussion and questions. Everyone is welcome.
Everyone is welcome. Full and partial scholarships are available.
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