We can easily see the path of a practitioner as a solo path, each of us individually engaged in the contemplative practices taught by the Buddha. Although these practices are invaluable, we must get up from our cushions on a regular basis and join the world in the most ordinary of ways. When we do, we are in immediate contact with one another in the forms of family, intimate connections, friends, work relationships and people we don’t know. We cannot avoid relationship.
As we know, relationships with others are the source of intense joy and satisfaction as well as great pain and irritability. In any case, we can take relationship as practice and learn from our encounters. We can make relationship into another opportunity for practice, thus awakening into greater wisdom and compassion.
Some of the themes we will engage: Learning how to be present within ourselves while responsive to others; respecting our own needs while respecting the needs of those we are with; and understanding more deeply our interconnectedness.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include sitting meditation, talks and discussion. Everyone is welcome.