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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
Seeing oneself as other
Loving-Kindness: Series 1
Loving-Kindness: Series 2
For beginning & continuing students
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:
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
11000 Division Street ･ Blue Mounds, Wisconsin
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