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Loving-Kindness
Practical Wisdom
Rinpoche talks
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 Sharing the Practice August Newsletter

Just getting back from our summer retreat - and as always, the time was deeply rich and renewing. The path and practice always have more to reveal! If you're interested in experiencing retreat with our teacher, Domo Geshe Rinpoche, she will be offering a weekend retreat in October, as well as a 24-Hour retreat at Joyful Path in December.

We look forward to continuing to share this path with you. This is at the heart of why we created Joyful Path. We explore meditation from the Buddhist tradition in many different ways, and help you choose a practice for you.

This fall, we'll explore a new meditation practice - metta, or loving-kindness. Our exploration will be based on a retreat Rinpoche gave earlier this year. Below is a small sample of what Rinpoche shared. In the upcoming series, we'll explore this and many other facets of loving-kindness.

Loving-kindness is made up of many ingredients, and one of those is gentleness. We may think someone who is gentle is weak or unsophisticated, but in reality it is a very skillful and sophisticated way to be. We can look at gentleness in five different ways: Gentle toward oneself, gentle toward others, gentle about the past, gentle about the future, and gentle about the present.

Gentle toward oneself
Self-criticism can become a defining factor in our relationship with ourself. When the inner critic is in charge, it is like living in hell. You have to take back control from the inner critic and become more gentle with yourself. This starts with recognizing the inner critic within yourself, and disrespecting it for the poor strategy it is.

Seeing oneself as other
How do we practice appropriate gentleness toward oneself? We see ourself as other. This allows us to relate to ourself and care for our needs as we do with another person we have a healthy relationship with - avoiding the extremes of the harshness of the inner critic and the excessive gentleness of not maintaining any discipline or personal standards.

 Special Events

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

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.


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: 682838#.

  • Future Topics

  • No talks in September because of Memorial Day

  • Awakening to Impermanence, Finding Joy in Life October 7

  • Taming Bad Habits, Cultivating Good Ones November 4

  • Guidelines for Ethical Living December 2


Rinpoche teaches on Love & Compassion

Domo Geshe Rinpoche will be joining us for two wonderful teachings later this month - the Four Wishes that Transform the Heart, and Entering the Path of Great Compassion. Appointments will also 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.

  • The Four Wishes that Transform the Heart
    Friday August 31 ・ 7:00-8:30pm
    Each relationship and every encounter can be a vehicle for meaningful spiritual connection. Through spiritual love, we can increase our capacity for authentic connection with everyone in our life. The Buddha taught that this spiritual love has four active arms, known as the Four Boundless Attitudes - boundless love, compassion, joy and equanimity. With Rinpoche’s guidance, learn how to open your heart to extend boundless friendship to others. The next day's teaching will expand on the second boundless attitude of compassion. The talk will be broadcast via telephone conference line, and you can call in by dialing (559) 546-1301, access code: 403035#. Times are Central Standard Time.

  • Entering the Path of Great Compassion
    Saturday September 1 ・ 9:00am-12:30pm
    This teaching will introduce one of the essential practices in Buddhism - developing bodhicitta, or Altruistic Great Compassion. This special form of compassion revolutionizes our outlook on life and relationship to others, ourselves and spiritual practice. Bodhicitta vows will be offered at the end of the session for those who would like to take them.

Domo Geshe Rinpoche's upcoming teachings - full listing

 Weekly Gatherings

Uncommon Happiness Book Club

Mondays ・ 7:00-8:15pm

Join us in June before we take a break in July! Pema and friends discuss the wisdom from their current book, No Time to Lose by Pema Chodron. This book illuminates one of the most well-known teachings on fearless compassion - Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. Join us for discussions on bodhicitta, the nature of deep compassion, and action in daily life. An optional meditation is held at 6:30. For more information or to join, contact Pema at pema@joyfulpathhealing.com.

Conscious Communication Practice group

2nd & 4th Tuesdays ・ 7:00-8:30pm

Based on non-violent communication, Conscious Communication is a set of practices to help us authentically and safely connect with ourselves and others. By practicing a simple skill set outlined by Dr. Rosenberg, we can learn to transform every word we hear into an opportunity to connect with what we most want. Learn the basics of conscious communication, and participate in a group that will practice these important skills. Mary Kay Reinemann began teaching and organizing NVC practice groups in 2007, and she is currently studying with Robert Gonzales, former president of the NVC board of directors.

Green Light meditation nights

3rd Fridays ・ 7:00-8:00pm

Join the local White Conch community as we gather for a 30- to 40-minute Green Wisdom Light meditation. In this meditation, after generating compassion and a connection with a deeper place within oneself, one visualizes being immersed in a special green light - a light which comes from a deep place and has profound healing qualities. Many people who come to this for the first time experience a wave of peacefulness and a fresh, heart-centered aliveness. Chonyi or Dorje lead the practice, with time for discussion and questions afterwards.

View all of our regular gatherings


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