This is a year-long program with meetings on the second Friday of each month (except August): January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, September 13, October 11, November 8 and December 13
The pāramī or the “Ten Perfections of the Heart” holds an important place in the Buddhist teachings. These ten qualities of an awakened mind encourage us to live our daily lives in skillful, wise and compassionate ways. The ten pāramī include: generosity, virtue or morality, renunciation, discernment or wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, resolve, loving kindness and equanimity. We can practice and develop these qualities in our daily lives: at work, at home, at school, or even driving our cars or riding our bicycles. Pāramī practice offers alternative ways to orient and direct the heart and mind in the stream of daily activities. In this way we are cultivating inner clarity and freedom.
This new, year-long program is appropriate for all practitioners. It offers a precious opportunity to learn within a committed and dedicated group of people for an extended period of time. Community, sangha, is essential to this practice group. Each session will include meditation practice, teachings, exploration and discussion of how to apply the pāramī of the month in both formal meditation and daily life.
Our intention is to support your practice throughout your year-long commitment to this program. In addition to the monthly class meeting, you will:
- Receive regular reflections and practice assignments;
- Meet monthly between classes with Dharma friend(s) to support each other and to deepen your investigation;
- Have the opportunity for individual or small group interviews with Madeline.
Ajahn Sucitto’s book, Pāramī: Ways to Cross Life’s Floods, will be our shared text. It is available for download through the Forest Sangha Publications website: https://forestsangha.org/teachings/books/parami-ways-to-cross-life-s-floods?language=English
For questions about this program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org