This one-day online workshop offers an opportunity to develop and strengthen our natural resilience and capacity to meet life’s inevitable challenges with more steadiness, ease, and even appreciation.
Using the Zoom platform, we will meet together online to explore a variety of practices from the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahmavihara heart practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, to directly experience the possibility of a balanced heart – no matter what our current circumstances might be.
The day will include a mix of silent and guided meditation, plus some dyad (pairs) practice and small group discussion.
Because this is a group learning process, participants are asked to make a commitment to attend the whole workshop. We ask that you register for the day by emailing. Registration is free. Login information will be sent the day before the retreat.
Day: Saturday May 23
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm PST
To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 13-14 – July 18-19: Six-week class series – ONLINE
Cultivating resilience in challenging times:
Learning from the “heavenly messengers”
This six-week online course offers an opportunity to develop and strengthen our inner resources of kindness, compassion, calm and clarity, through an exploration of what are traditionally known as “the four heavenly messengers.”
In Buddhist teaching, these are four archetypes that symbolise the existential challenges we face, and the way to overcome those challenges. The four are a sick person, an aged person, a dying person, and a contemplative.
At first glance, these messengers might not sound so heavenly, but by learning how to relate to their messages skilfully, they help us to live our lives with more ease, happiness, and peace.
The course is best suited to people who have sat at least one seven-day silent meditation retreat, but prior Buddhist study is not necessary.
Each two-hour class will include a short dharma talk, some silent meditation practice, dyad (pairs) practice, and small group discussion.
During the six weeks of the course, you will be invited to maintain a regular sitting practice and keep a practice journal, to help inform the discussion during each meeting.
Because this is a group learning process, participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all six sessions of the course, and to allow at least two hours a week for personal study and reflections to be shared with the group.
Feel free to contact Jill if you have any questions about this.
Teacher: Jill Shepherd http://jill0shepherd-insightmeditation.com
Cost for all six sessions: $50 + dana*
Times and dates:
Option 1 (30 people max) FULL – please apply to be on waiting list
Singapore SGT 7:00-9:00 a.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Sydney AEST 9:00-11:00 a.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Auckland NZT 11:00-1:00 p.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
San Francisco PDT 4:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday afternoons 13 June – Saturday 18 July 2020
New York EDT 7:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday evenings 13 June – Saturday 18 July 2020
Option 2 (30 people max) Just a few places left
Singapore SGT 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoons 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Sydney AEST 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday evenings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Auckland NZT 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday evenings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
London GMT 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020