This class will be an exploration of what it means to live and to practice with a heart and mind that are spacious and buoyant even in the midst of the losses and changes in our lives. As we well know, loss and change are inevitable. Is it possible to relate differently to experiences of loss and grief than our conditioning dictates? Is it possible to bring all our experiences into our dharma practice, whatever they may be? We will investigate these questions based on Narayan’s new book: The Magnanimous Heart: Loss and Grief, Love and Compassion, Joy and Liberation.
Our weeks together will be divided into four sections: loss, grief, joy and liberation. The first few weeks will be devoted to exploring loss from different perspectives including the “Five Recollections” taught by the Buddha. In the second section, we will shift to practices that focus on grief and the other painful emotions that arise in reaction to loss, encouraging an approach of love and compassion. The following weeks will delve into the causes and conditions for the arising of joy, and we will complete our inquiry by learning principles and practices that access peace and liberation.
This program is intended for those who have been practicing Vipassana meditation for at least two years. Each session will include sitting meditation, talks, discussion and time for questions. Meditative homework will be included in each session.
Your registration includes a copy of Narayan’s new book, The Magnanimous Heart. You may pick this up at check-in on Tuesday, February 12th.
Class will not meet on April 2nd or April 30th.