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Weekend workshop: Karma

 

One very good way to learn about meditation, or deepen an already-established practice is workshops. Longer retreats, say, a week, are excellent. It can be hard to find the time or money to attend such long retreats, though. Shorter workshops are a good option in this case.

I’m offering a three-day workshop on karma in July.

The dates:

Thurs July 12 7-8

Friday July 13th 7-9

Saturday July 14th 10am-6pm

We’ll do two main things: learn about karma, and practice mindfulness-awareness meditation. The latter is a meditation practice fundamental to Tibetan Buddhism. Of course, you don’t need to be a Buddhist to try it out.

So what is karma? That’s what we’ll find out. The focus will be on habits and patterns in our lives: what they mean, and how they work. For anyone frustrated with trying to start doing something new, or trying to stop a negative habit, these teachings can be useful. Although “karma” is sometimes used in a way that seems mystical or strange, the approach we’ll take will be more common sense, and down to earth.

Call or email to register. The classes are taught at a yoga/dance studio in Newbury MA. The cost for the three days will be $75. Discounts apply.

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Positive addiction

 

 

One thing people think about is habits. Supposedly there are good ones and bad ones. This would definitely involve cause and effect.

One reason I got involved in meditation and the dharma was addiction. I was in college, and drinking and generally having “too much fun.” This kind of fun actually is really miserable. Maybe you understand. Some kinds of fun are really miserable.

Encountering the dharma, I found something that addressed the turmoil I was feeling. At the time, I was trying to get clean. As it goes, this can take some time. I don’t think that’s unusual. I have been clean for about five years now (aside from coffee and the occasional drink).

When I started practicing and studying, I had this thought: “you replace some addictions with other ones.” You start out with five minutes of meditation in the morning, and within a few years, you’re doing half an hour, taking a class here or there, or listening to CDs. It can spread to all areas of your life.

So, for people who are addicted to something, which could be a lot of people, the teachings provide a positive addiction. Whether addiction itself is problematic is the next question, I think.

me: “I keep trying to find the breath, in my nose, my throat, out there, in here, I can’t really find it. I can’t find it. It’s like this obsessive process of-”

teacher: “Obsessive, huh?”

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