With Meg Agnew
January 13 – April 7
The intention of this program is to encourage a deepening of our meditation practice and, within the refuge of sangha (spiritual community), to share insights and support for living with wisdom and compassion. We'll begin each of our 12 meetings with a half-hour of meditation followed by an investigation of Already Free—Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation by Bruce Tift.
As a long-time marriage and family therapist and teacher at Naropa University, Bruce Tift's work has been motivated by this central question, "How can this person find some relief from...unnecessary suffering and experience more freedom in daily life?" In this highly engaging and thoughtful book, Tift shares with his readers the wisdom gathered from his own spiritual practice and decades of counseling others. He offers insightful strategies on how to open to our anxiety and learn from it so that we can create healthier relationships in a life that is consciously lived. From his perspective, “Sanity is a counter-instinctual process.” And as he explains, understanding this and taking the necessary counter-instinctual action is both empowering and freeing.
“Tift masterfully shows us how to accept inner forces that seem in opposition, move beyond struggle and self-absorption, and claim a life in which nothing is excluded.” ~Parker J Palmer
Note: There are folding chairs, blankets, bolsters, mats, and other props at the studio for our use.
In keeping with the tradition of Theravadan Buddhism, the teachings will be freely offered. Participants are welcome to make a donation (dana) of any amount for the instruction. To pay for the costs of our using the studio and its resources, a registration fee of $84 is requested.
There will be no meeting Friday, February 24th
A series allows your teacher to teach progressively and to tailor the class, theme or goal as they get to know each individual over time. Staying with one group for several weeks also builds commitment, community, and understanding for both the student and the teacher. Research shows that we learn better, feel discomfort less, and are more optimistic when we feel included in community. Our series classes build that kind of inclusion.