Tuesdays, 11:15 - 12:45pm
How to Heal Your Life
We might think, I need to heal my body. I need to heal my past. I need to heal my relationships. The more we think about the amount of dysfunction we experience within ourselves and in our world, we might conclude: I need to heal my very life.
Is that even possible? We often think of individual things we’d like to change within ourselves or our situation, but sometimes there are so many things we’d like to change we don’t get around to changing anything at all. According to Buddha there is one primary source of the unhappiness and dysfunction within our life… and that is our own mind. To heal our life we have to heal our mind.
But to heal our mind, we have to understand our mind.
In this series, Kadam Morten will take us on a deep dive into the nature of our own mind, based on an extraordinary meditation taught by Buddha known as the meditation on the clarity of the mind. This profound meditation allows us to see directly for ourselves how our mind creates our experience of our life. What’s more, it also enables us to recognize directly the amazing potential for healing within our mind. Our insight into the pure, expansive nature of our mind will enable us to let go of those states of mind that produce suffering, and instead replace them with qualities of kindness, love, and wisdom that will naturally bring about happiness and harmony in our lives. Getting to know our own mind through this deeply joyful and illuminating practice will naturally heal our mind. Heal your mind, heal your life.
September 14: How to Heal Your Life
September 21: Understanding Your Own Mind
September 28: The Mind’s Amazing Potential for Healing
October 5: Discovering the Beauty of Your Mind
October 12: How to Heal the Past
October 19: Healing our Relationships
How to Change Negative Patterns of Thought
Happiness and suffering are merely states of mind. So if we are to experience the happiness we all long for we must learn to how to connect with that state of mind and not the ones that causes us so much pain.
Part of this process entails identifying our negative patterns of thought so that we can begin to learn to let them go. This will allow us to actively replace those painful thoughts with the positive states of mind that lead to happiness.
In this series we will explore how we can identify and let go of such pain-inducing patterns of thought such as anger, jealousy, obsession, anxiety and more. Buddha called such minds ‘delusions’ because they are characterized by exaggeration, which leads to them being both unpeaceful and unreliable. Currently, we believe the harmful stories these minds are telling us, both about ourselves and the world. These stories are wrong.
Using the special meditation on the nature of the mind, we will learn how to recognize early on when we are under the influence of these harmful minds so that we will not entrust ourselves to them, but rather let them go. Changing such negative patterns of thought is hugely liberating and will open us up to a whole new joyful and creative way to experience our lives and our relationships.
October 26: Recognizing Negative Patterns of Thought
November 2: Letting Go of Anger
November 9: Dealing Skillfully With Unpleasant Feelings
November 16: Obsessing - Mistaking Where Happiness Comes From
November 23: Jealousy Vs. Rejoicing
November 30: How Envy Blocks Success
December 7: Insecurity Vs. Confidence
December 14: Freedom from Fear
December 21: Ignorance: the Root Delusion
December 28: Freedom from Ignorance
Our general program classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations
Each class is self-contained and is also presented as part of a series over 5-6 weeks. Drop into any class you like
These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners
No special clothing is required
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OTHER GENERAL PROGRAM CLASSES OFFERED THIS WEEK
Riverdale Buddhist Meditation Class
Monday General Program Series
10:00 – 11:00am
with Shelley Tanner
The Three Principal Aspects of the Path
Friday Morning GP Series
11:15am – 12:45pm
with Kadam Morten