An unexpected book arrived in the mail the other day. A gift from my friend’s at Wisdom Publications. Zen Master Raven: The Teachings of a Wise Old Bird. by Zen Master human form, Robert Aitken. Here the koans are told by and to animals of the forest: raven, porcupine, owl, woodpecker, badger, black bear, and […]
The early part of 2017, I’ll be presenting workshops, two with my friend and spiritual brother, Jaimal Yogis. Most of these are on the East Coast and I am also excited to be teaching in California with Jaimal. Please join me or us for some mindfulness training, solitude, and the opportunity to develop some resilience, inner strength, and equanimity in the uncertain times we are living in.
Riding the Waves of Life
I am teaming up again with Saltwater Buddha–Jaimal Yogis. After our wonderful teaching together at Kripalu this past summer I am super excited to be co-leading a workshop at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA (in Marin County). This Sunday workshop will focus on the healing power of water and the unity we can feel when we recognize our place in the natural world–the vastness that surrounds us and that we are in every moment. Sunday January 22, 9:30-4:30 (CE credits available) Please join us for a great weekend together. For more information and to register, click here >>
Mindfulness A-Z at Kripalu
Freedom and self-compassion are the promise of awakening, available whenever you skillfully engage your attention with mindfulness in the present moment. This program combines training in mindfulness meditation and the Buddha’s psychology with a creative narrative process called Story Art to free you from self-inflicted obstacles.
Please join me for a 5-day workshop at the peaceful, beautiful, and fun Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health 12-17 February 2017. We will explore mindfulness and meditative journaling practices to liberate ourselves from regret, perfectionism, and being stuck. Registration and more information is available at Kripalu.
Self Is a Metaphor
A new consensus is emerging both within Buddhist studies and in the cognitive sciences that the self, as we experience it, is—itself—a metaphorical process. The Buddha’s teaching of anattā (not-self) can be understood through the cognitive science of language, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology. The Buddha was a master metaphor maker, and in this workshop we’ll look at his original teachings on not-self, dukkha, nibbāna, and the three fires as all cast in metaphorical terms.
I am once again teaching a course on metaphor. This time, instead of a general approach to mindfulness using metaphors, I am apply the power of metaphor to the self, itself. Join me for this exploratory weekend at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, 17-19 February 2017. Registration is open >>
SOLITUDE AND THE VIRTUOUS LIFE
The unrelenting stresses of the information age devalue solitude and make it difficult to realize. Without solitude, we are lost. This afflicts introverts and extroverts alike, and especially those more prone to the interior. Mindfulness is the path to solitude and can help us to become impeccable in our lives: embracing uncertainty, valuing vulnerability as a means to growth, and being in the world as ethical agents. The Buddha’s example as a solitary, quiet, and inward looking teacher can lead us to wisdom
Come join me for a heartfelt weekend of reflection and solitude at the contemplative Copper Beech Institute, the weekend of 24-26 February 2017. Registration is open >>
No matter how turbulent the ocean of life, meditation can help you ride the waves. Mindfulness and other meditation techniques can bring you a sense of oneness, providing refuge, sanctuary, and deep inner peace.
Once again, I’ll be teaching with Jaimal Yogis. This time, it’s a 5-day retreat at Kripalu Center. Come meditate and learn with us, April 16-21 2017. Registration is open >>