Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Big Problems, Big Compassion | the inner and outer work of spiritual transformation and social change

On Mon, 7 September, 2020 - 15:08
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Big Problems, Big Compassion | the inner and outer work of spiritual transformation and social change

A five week course on Zoom, Monday evenings 6:30-8pm (EST), Sept 21-Oct 19

Book this course here

The Buddhist tradition is rich in teachings that help to work with suffering and difficult mental states. The First Noble Truth of the Buddha’s teaching is that life is inherently difficult. We are currently living through events that affect most of us in painful ways. Whether we have been inconvenienced by the pandemic, suffered illness or loss, suffered through racism or the current political climate, most of us are experiencing more adversity than usual. We are also witnessing the suffering of many other people. All of this can lead to increased feelings of anxiety and even despair or numbness. It is natural to find current events upsetting, and to feel an impact on our mental states and well being. None of us are alone in this.

On this course you will

 – learn the basics of meditation and mindfulness practice

 – learn meditation practices that cultivate love and compassion

– learn to develop a greater, caring awareness of ourselves and others

– learn to clarify the feelings that arise in relation to suffering

– learn to work with the heart and mind amid the ups and downs of daily life

– learn to use meditation and mindfulness to decrease stress

– learn the basics of the Buddha’s teaching on skilful communication

– learn to clarify your intuition towards a more skilful and full-bodied way of life

– discover the Buddha’s radical vision for social change and spiritual community

Suitable for complete beginners or those with some experience of meditation and Buddhist practice. This course is offered by donation, $50-$100 suggested for the five weeks – please give what you comfortably can, and please do let us know if you can’t make a donation at this time and we can sign you up for free. 

Painting detail “Red and Orange Streak’ by Georgia O’Keeffe


 

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