Buddhist Psychology, The Practices of Freedom, with Robert Beatty

Understand what you are doing in meditation. A class to help you deepen your practice starting October 18th.

Buddhist Psychology is the foundation upon which all Dharma practice and realization stands. By understanding these fundamental teachings of the Buddha you will be more skillful in the efforts you make in meditation and your journey along the Eightfold Path.

We will be reading The Wise Heart, a modern classic by Jack Kornfield. The following is from the book.

Ajahn Chah and other Buddhist masters like him are practitioners of a living psychology: one of the oldest and most well-developed systems of healing and understanding on the face of the earth. This psychology makes no distinction between worldly and spiritual problems. Anxiety, trauma, financial problems, physical difficulties, struggles with meditation, ethical dilemmas, and community conflict were all forms of suffering to be treated with the medicine of Buddhist teaching. He was able to respond to the wide range of human troubles and possibilities from his own deep meditation, and also from the vast array of skillful means passed down by his teachers.

This ten-session class series will provide you with an opportunity to delve deeply into these teachings with an illuminating book to read, group support, guided meditations, instruction and the opportunity to ask questions.

Time: Wednesdays 7 - 9 PM
Location: PIMC
Dates: October 18, 25, Nov 8, 15, Dec 6, 13, 20, Jan 3. 17, 24
Suggested Dana: $275 (See registration for options)