Our Wednesday Sangha Night Program resumes Feb 6 2019, introducing a new theme for the year - Bringing Everything to the Path.
How would it be if we could look at everything that happens in our world, including, or perhaps especially, the annoying or difficult things, as tools to help to wake up?
This year we'll explore this question in many different ways.
Feb 6: Treasure your Resistances! With Kulanandi, visiting from Europe
Are we aware of gross and subtle resistances in ourselves? How do we react? How can we explore them and mine the gold in them? Kulanandi has been teaching and practcing for many years and it's a rare treat to have her here - see her bio below.
Feb 13: Everything, with Prasadachitta
Prasadachitta will go further into the theme of “Bringing everything onto to the path” by looking into what is meant by “everything”.
In one passage the Buddha is recorded as saying: “The Universe, the Origination of the Universe, The end of the Universe, and the Path leading to the end of the Universe, all lie within this fathom-long body.” To bring everything onto the path and realize the flowering of truth in all experience is to be intimate with our physicality both in its gross and subtle manifestations. Even our thoughts are like the touch of cloth or the background hum of the city. They pass through the space of our body like a murmuration of starlings twisting and turning in unexpected ways. All of our pursuits, our foibles, our successes, and our inspirations happen in and through this soft and bony body.
Feb 20: Turning to the Circus of the Mind, with Danadasa
Do you sometimes feel as if your mind is out of control? To what extent are we aware of our habitual mental patterns, and how these patterns shape our experience? And how can we work creatively with unhelpful mental proliferation? Join Danadasa in exploring how to bring "the Circus of the Mind" to the path of practice.
Feb 27: The Path of Heart, with Hridayashri
See also our February Day Retreat - Feb 16.
From Kulanandi: I was ordained by Bhante Sangharakshita in 1988 at Taraloka, where I was one of the founding members. I moved to Essen, Germany, in 1990 with three other Dharmacarinis to set up women's activities there. Through friendships formed in Taraloka, I also had a strong connection with Sweden and since 1994, I have been visiting Sweden at least twice a year. In 2004 I started doing Dharma work in India for 6 months every year. This developed into project management and consultant work for Karuna Trust. In 2004 I became a private Preceptor and in 2018 a public preceptor. I stopped my 'official' Karuna Trust work in 2017 but still continue to visit India regularly. I am involved in the ordination training in Germany and live in a small women's community there.