Burnout, frustration, fear and despair are the specters that haunt those that seek change, as we confront a world that doesn’t bend to out will, or our timetable. Yet finding balance through our own happiness doesn’t imply apathy or indifference. Instead, it opens the door to a whole different kind of action.
Part of this exploration is deeply knowing compassion as a strength and not a weakness, and looking at ways in which viewing the world through the lens of a rigid division of Self and Other ultimately damages us and our aspirations for transformation.
Sharon Salzberg believes that our own happiness needn’t be seen as shallow, distracting or selfish. Rather, it can be seen as a revolutionary act, an ability to find within the resilience, resourcefulness and sustaining power we all need.
It is wise to build and strengthen this foundation of happy sanity — no matter what. We need it if we are trying to make this a better world, if we are trying to rise to meet the interlocking crises of our time, if we are activists with a mission of service.
About Sharon Salzberg:
Intrigued by the message of Buddhism she encountered by reading Chogyam Trungpa’s Meditation in Action in a college Asian philosophy course, Sharon Salzberg traveled to India, and spent several years engaged in intensive study with highly respected Buddhist teachers. She returned to America in 1974 and began teaching vipassana. Two years later, together with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, , she established the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, which now ranks as one of the most prominent and active meditation centers in the Western world. Sharon and Joseph Goldstein also co-founded the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Forest Refuge, and she is one of the founding and most influential Western teachers of Buddhism in the West. She has traveled all over the world speaking and teaching Buddhist meditation, and has served on many panels including several with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is the author of the Buddhist classic, Loving kindness, as well as Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate and Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience. Her newest book is titled, Real Happiness.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sunday, May 22nd at 10:00am Pacific
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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team