More is present here than just you and I.
More happens than what we make happen.
If we think back over the relationships and milestones of our lives, we notice that often there was a happening, something beneficial but beyond our choice, plan, or expectation. We were somehow helped to make a leap or guided to something new. That special assistance--unearned, unforeseen, unplanned, often unnoticed--is a description of grace, the gift dimension of life.
Grace is a word usually associated with religion but anyone can notice and appreciate a gift dimension in life, with or without a belief in God. This idea is familiar in Buddhism too: When bodhicitta has been born in us, we pledge ourselves to the bodhisattva path. But the ego has no motivation to surrender itself for the good of others. Our enthusiasm about sharing the Dharma in loving-kindness simply happens to us, which is just what is implied in the word grace--help that happens from beyond our ego, entitlement, or merit. Nonetheless, practices such as mindfulness and loving-kindness can help us open to bodhicitta. We continue to see, on all spiritual paths, how grace to us and effort by us felicitously combine. We can learn to open ourselves to grace, to recognize it at work in our lives, and to become conduits of grace to others.
The workshop will be based on Dave's new book: The Power of Grace: Recognizing Unexpected Gifts on the Path.
Teachings are appropriate for individuals as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available for MFTS and LCSWs. See below for more information.
Learning objectives for CE credits:
-We explore grace, the gift dimension of life, and contemplate how it is at work in our own lives and in the lives of our clients;
-We see the relationship between our psychological work and the unexpected coincidences and surprising events that we did not plan but which happen to us;
-We look into what is meant by spiritual consciousness as the working of a power beyond our ego that moves us toward wholeness.
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Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.
Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”
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.
Continuing Education (CE) Credit: 4 CE credits available for MFTs and LCSWs only from SRMC for $30. Prepayment available on website. For more information, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.