Emotions include the entire bundle of reactive body states, feelings, perceptions, intentions, and self-centered consciousness. Emotion is normal and essential for our existence in this world, but it is also what keeps us hooked. The Buddha did not teach a self-help program for getting rid of afflictive emotions and gaining pleasant ones, but he did show how to harness the fundamental instinctive drive for our own welfare.
Ayya Sobhana teaches an approach to afflictive emotions based on the Buddha’s teaching on the “five aggregates of clinging.” By mindfully observing and fully understanding the process of the five aggregates, we can learn to let go of attachment and identification with them. With this letting go comes the experience of freedom, clarity, forgiveness, and compassion for the entire emotional process—both in oneself and in others. This state of balance and clarity allows us to develop the path of Buddhism fully..
This daylong workshop is intended for practitioners who can see their own reactivity of body and mind to emotional triggers and desire a more peaceful, light-hearted relationship with the inevitable challenges, difficulties and failures of life.
There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma reflections, and time for questions and answers.
Lunch: Please bring lunch and, if you wish, food to offer the monastics. As in the time of the Buddha, Theravada monks and nuns do not grow or buy food and are completely dependent on donations of food. The monastics eat one main meal a day in late morning and monastic regulations require that they finish by midday. Offering prepared food to the monastics during the daylong provides an opportunity to participate in the tradition. Other donations are also gratefully accepted for their vihara, though are by no means required. You can request a current list of needed items by contacting them at 707-340-4281. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.dhammadharini.net.
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Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.