Please join us Sunday, February 26th at 10:00 AM Pacific, for a conversation entitled Awakening Joy: Developing Your Natural Capacity for Well-Being and Happiness with James Baraz.
The Buddha was called “the Happy One” and told his followers to aim for the highest happiness. Often, however, there is so much emphasis on coming to terms with suffering that his message about the importance of joy and well-being as a central aspect of spiritual practice is lost.
James and Terry will discuss the importance of joy in one’s spiritual life and explore some of the themes from his popular 10-month Awakening Joy Course to develop our natural capacity for well-being and happiness. Presenting Buddhist principles and other supportive strategies in a user-friendly way, Awakening Joy focuses on three core principles that incline the mind towards joy:
• Intentionally inviting and cultivating wholesome states that lead to true happiness
• Being very present to the gladness that accompanies these states
• Inclining the mind consistently over time to shifting the default setting toward greater well-being, happiness, and joy.
The implications are not just subjective; happiness is key to objective results too. Joy enhances not just our own mood but also our practical productivity, including our ability to compassionately alleviate others’ suffering.
About James Baraz:
James Baraz is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, teaching meditation retreats, classes and workshops in the US and abroad since 1980. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. His online Awakening Joy course (www.awakeningjoy.info) has now graduated over 10,000 participants and has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Yoga Journal, Tricycle and the Huffington Post. He is co-author of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness with Shoshana Alexander. James lives with his wife in the Bay Area, has two sons and three grandchildren.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sunday, February 26th @ 10:00 AM Pacific,
Please Note: There will be a limited number of lines available on the live conference call, so we encourage you to listen online if possible. To make sure you can get through by phone, we encourage you to dial in early.
Join the Dialogue: About one hour into the dialogue, we’ll open up the lines and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with us directly over the phone or via instant message. Here’s what to do:
To interact live by voice, dial into the conference line number and wait until we ask for a question from someone in your region, or
Send us your question via instant message in the teleseminar window on your computer
Send us your questions and comments before or during the live dialogue by posting them on our Beyond Awakening Community Facebook page
We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team