Join us on Monday, May 6th at 5pm Pacific for a dialog with Daniel P. Brown entitled “The Path to Everything Good”.
I highly recommend you tune in to this dialog, for two important reasons:
First, Dan Brown is a remarkably erudite, compassionate, and articulate psychologist, Buddhist scholar, and meditation teacher, who very rarely gives public interviews. I’m excited and honored to invite you to encounter him.
Second, I’m confident you’ll gain valuable, deep insights from Dan’s discussion of the nitty-gritty step-by-step process of awakening as set forth in the Indo-Tibetan mediation tradition and rendered accessible in his precise, easy-to-understand language.
I had the opportunity to meet and to practice with Dan this past January when I participated in an extraordinary 8-day retreat he led with John Churchill in Boston, focused on the unique “Pointing Out Way” through which he introduces students to the high Tibetan pure consciousness practice called “Mahamudra”.
In addition to his illuminating lectures and guidance, I had several personal and wide-ranging conversations with Dan. We talked about many things, including the animating question of this series, “How can higher consciousness and spiritual practice enable human beings to rise to meet the unprecedented challenges of our time?”
Dan points out that each of the four primary levels of the Mahamudra path has something useful to say on this topic. His way of talking about it expresses his unique gift. Although he knows the ancient Tibetan teachings in detail (having translated many of the source texts) and he cleaves very closely to the tradition, he describes them in very clear, direct, no-nonsense language. He is an Irish working-class son turned world-class Harvard psychologist and sports fan, not an exotic person from a distant culture, so he is able to bring the precious gem of these teachings alive in a remarkably accessible way.
Here’s the essence of how Dan lays it out:
The first stage of the path is concentration, which is an antidote for the distractability that is epidemic in our lives now. We have become a culture of distractability. We multitask which creates the illusion of doing more but it costs us in terms of awareness, clarity, awakening and even ordinary productivity.
The second stage is basic emptiness training. Recognizing the emptiness of self and all that is arising helps us recognize and free ourselves from all the thoughts, feelings and experiences in everyday life that have “grab”, which is the cause of suffering in everyday life.
The third stage is understanding our profound interconnectedness with all of life. This is the basis of ethics, the transformation of competitiveness and aggression. When it truly shifts our perception, it’s an antidote for selfishness— the worldwide epidemic lack of consideration for others and the environment.
The fourth and ultimate stage is the fluorishing of everything good. This is “Buddha training”, the level of practice where you systematically release all negative karmic impressions from the “storehouse mind” until there are none left. That is “Dharmadhatu” or exhaustion, also called “the stainless mind”. It matures into a clean experience of life in which there are no more negative states at all, just the 80 positive qualities of a Buddha mind.
You’ll discover that there’s a whole path to Awakening available in the tradition of Buddhist meditation, much more deep and profound than many people realize. It goes far beyond just being less reactive and more calm and present. Mindfulness is important, but awakening and enlightenment are what changes everything.
About Dan Brown
Daniel Brown is the Director of The Center for Integrative Psychotherapy in Newton MA, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and the author of 14 books including Transformations of Consciousness (with Ken Wilber & Jack Engler), a new book on Mahamudra, Pointing Out the Great Way:, and two books of public dialogues with H.H. The Dalai Lama.
He has done extensive study in the Pali, Sanskrit, and Tibetan languages and has spent many years translating numerous important Tibetan meditation texts. He has studied meditation practice for 38 years, beginning with reading Patanjali’s Yogasutras and its main commentaries in the original Sanskrit, then studying Burmese Theravadin Buddhist mindfulness meditation, and then deepening via many practices across over three decades of dedicated practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
As a Western psychologist he spent 10 years translating conducting outcomes research on beginning and advanced meditators. He has taught meditation retreats for 20 years. He is also an internationally recognized expert on attachment, trauma, memory, and hypnosis.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Monday, May 6th @ 5:00 PM Pacific*; 6:00pm Mountain; 7:00pm Central; 8:00pm Eastern
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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team