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 On Retreat in July

Renewing the Practice

It's that time of year again for us - when we are joyfully preparing to begin summer retreat, which will be held during most of July. This is a special time to put meditation and spiritual practice first, and to work toward deeper healing and clarity within ourselves, so that we can become a healing presence for others and in the world.

The Green Light meditation on the third Friday of the month will be held as usual, while our other events will not be held in July. We look forward to seeing you again when we return for regular events in August, as well as several new events set to begin in the fall. Read on to learn more about the fall schedule.

We've also included a guided meditation below, in case you need something to "hold you over" until we are back!

 Fall Events

Regular gatherings will resume in August, including the lovely Uncommon Happiness Book Club on Monday evenings and the Conscious Communication practice group on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings. In addition to these, you're invited to further your spiritual life with the following special programs.


Loving-Kindness: Series 1

Wednesdays 7:00-8:15pm
September 12 - October 17

Loving-Kindness: Series 2

For beginning & continuing students
Wednesdays 7:00-8:15pm
October 31 - December 19

Experience a sample loving-kindness meditation

Loving-Kindness, also known as metta, is a meditation practice taught by the Buddha to heal troubled states of mind and to cultivate selfless or altruistic love into one's baseline attitude. Of all Buddhist meditations, Loving-Kindness has the immediate benefit of uplifting the mind and relieving habituated negative patterns.

Our exploration will be guided by the profound teachings Rinpoche has given on the topic, which focus on developing experience with the facets of Loving-Kindness, including:

Optimism

Non-violence

Being Unafraid

Being Relaxed

Gentleness

Friendliness

Forgiveness

Alertness to Others

Each week will focus on one of these elements, exploring it through guided loving-kindness meditation, discussion, and suggestions for home practice. Handouts also provided.


Fall Teachings with Rinpoche

Domo Geshe Rinpoche will be sharing more joyful wisdom this fall. We know many of you need to plan farther in advance than a few weeks, so we have listed her entire fall schedule of Joyful Path teachings below. Appointments will be available September 1st - if you have important spiritual questions to ask or would like to request a meditation practice, please contact info@joyfulpath.org to request a time.

Domo Geshe Rinpoche's upcoming teachings - full listing



Practical Buddhist Wisdom:
Overcoming the 8 Worldly Traps - Part 2

Sunday August 5 ・ 10:00-11:30am
(after Prayers for World Peace at 9am)

There are many situations where we think we are creating happiness for ourselves, but which actually lead to unhappiness. What are these traps? Why are they so hard to see and how do we get out of them? Using our own life experience as a rich source of data, come join in a discussion with Wangmo and Thekchen about overcoming the Eight Worldly Concerns, one of the classic teachings of Buddhism. You can also listen by calling (712) 432-1699 access code: 956210#.

  • Future Topics

  • Awakening to Impermanence, Finding Joy in Life October 7

  • Taming Bad Habits, Cultivating Good Ones November 4

  • Guidelines for Ethical Living December 2


Foundations of Yogic Healing

Beginning in September

1 or 2 spaces are still available, and if you were considering joining us for this in-depth training, you might still be able to get in. Based on the Lama Healing tradition of Tibet, this program is for anyone wishing to deepen an existing healing practice, to begin learning a new healing practice, or to deepen their own spiritual development and healing.


Conscious End-of-Life Training:
Module 4-6

Saturday November 4

Open to those who attended Modules 1-3, these modules continue guiding students in how to uproot impatience. This training includes lectures and discussion on key concepts and principles necessary for effective care-giving; experiential on-site exercises and take-home assignments that help develop deeper self-awareness and personal growth; and monthly facilitated group meetings (available through conference calls) for support through sharing of experiences, reflections and thoughts.

View all upcoming special events

 Loving-Kindness Meditation

Sit in a chair or on a cushion with the spine erect. Let yourself find a comfortable position. Being relaxed and alert is more important than sitting in the "right" position.

Generate a feeling of loving-kindness toward each of the following, one at a time. Spend at least 1 minute on each before moving on. Start with a session of 5-10 minute in the beginning.

  • yourself
  • a good friend
  • a neutral person or stranger
  • a difficult person
  • all four of the above equally
  • all beings everywhere

If you continue practicing, allow your sessions to lengthen naturally. Focusing on intense or especially difficult relationships isn't recommended until you have been practicing for awhile.


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