This program will be held online via Zoom. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email.
A magnanimous heart is a heart of balance and buoyancy, of generosity and inclusivity. It allows us to approach each moment exactly as it is, free from agendas and expectations and receptive to all that arises. Especially during times such as this -- with crises unfolding on many fronts -- it may seem impossible that we can access joy or faith. However, a magnanimous heart has the capacity to hold anything and everything, transforming even vulnerability and grief into workable assets.
This class for experienced practitioners will be a deep exploration into what it means to live with a heart and mind that is spacious and vast, even in the midst of loss and change which are inevitable in all of our lives. Is it possible to relate differently than our conditioning dictates? Is it possible to bring all our experiences into our dharma practice, whatever they may be? Engaging the teachings and practices of the Buddha, we will find ways to turn the sting and anguish of loss into a direct experience of enoughness--the deep joy, peace, and happiness within our own hearts that exist beyond mere circumstances.
Together, we will explore Part III of Narayan's book, The Magnanimous Heart: The Feel Good Gene, Pleasure and Joy, Don't Know Mind, and From Hope to Faith. These four chapters focus on discovering an inner source of joy, in the midst of conditions as they are. Each session will include formal meditation practices, teachings, time for discussion, reflections and questions and small group practice. Meditative homework will be assigned each week, and discussed as a vital aspect of each session.
Prerequisites: This program is appropriate for experienced meditators who have been practicing Vipassana with dedication and perseverance for at least three years and who have sat one or more intensive silent retreats. Participants are expected to have a current daily meditation practice.
This class will not meet on November 3 and December 1.
Full and partial scholarships are available.