Date(s) - 10/09/2022 - 29/10/2022
10:30 am - 12:15 pm
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Buddhist Wisdom Practices that Change Lives:
A 2-part Introductory Course
Nagaloka Buddhist Center is offering a pair of introductory courses this fall via Zoom. [An in-person version will be offered in winter if enough people express interest.]
Online Zoom sessions will be Saturdays, 10:30am-12:15pm (Eastern Time). Sessions will be a blend of presentation, discussion, guided meditation, and practical exercises.
Part I (Saturdays, September 10, 17, and 24): Buddhism & Meditation – The Basics
On this course you will learn two meditation practices: Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving-Kindness/Metta. You’ll also try powerful Buddhist wisdom teachings that change the way we see the world.
Can we really find happiness in a life filled with fleeting distractions and the stresses associated with the pursuit of ever more stuff, worldly success, and individual identity? Buddhism tells us that this won’t work – but that there is real happiness to be found if we look in the right place.
Buddhist tools enable us to change ourselves so that we become more like the person we want to be and experience greater inner happiness. Many of these tools — practicing meditation and gratitude — have become the basis of the modern mindfulness movement. Buddhism is more than a set of mindfulness practices. Buddhists believe that a radical approach of transforming the mind is needed to achieve lasting contentment. By emphasizing ethical behavior and seeing that everything changes and that selfishness and ill will are self-defeating, one liberates the mind and awakens to a state of tranquility.
Topics in Part I include the Buddhist 3-fold path of ethics, meditation, and wisdom. You’ll also learn a bit about the Buddha, Buddhism, Buddhist psychology, and Buddhist philosophy.
Part II (Saturdays, October 15, 22, and 29): Buddhist Vision and Transformation – The 8-fold Path
Open to Part I participants (or anyone familiar with basic Buddhist concepts and meditation).
Buddhism is for the head and the heart. It offers us an inspiring vision of our potential as human beings, but it doesn’t stop there. It gives us ways to transform our emotions, thoughts, and reactions — our life — in the light of this vision.
This part of the course builds on what was learned in Part I. It will help you deepen your vision, develop more emotional warmth and positivity, and apply the wisdom of Buddhism to all areas of your life.
REGISTRATION & FEES: Courses are offered on the basis of a sliding scale donation, with all funds supporting the non-profit Nagaloka Buddhist Center. For those with the financial means, the suggested donation for each 3-week module is $20-$60.
Register by 1) emailing your intention to participate to email@example.com and 2) donating, if possible, using the donate button on our website or PayPal (sending $ to either @Nagaloka or firstname.lastname@example.org). Checks can be mailed to Nagaloka, 1 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101.
A Zoom link will be emailed to those who have registered.
NAGALOKA BUDDHIST CENTER: We are part of the international Triratna Buddhist Community, which was founded to present what is common across eastern Buddhist traditions in ways relevant to contemporary western life. FMI: www.nagalokabuddhistcenter.org
Volunteer teachers: Nancy Artz (a retired professor who is training for Triratna Ordination) will be assisted by Subhramani (a Triratna Order Member) and other friends of the Nagaloka Buddhist Center.