Healing the Splits Within: Right Effort (Webinar Series 3)
- Planet Dharma
- Sep 4, 2017 - Sep 25, 2017 (22 days)
- $50 Course Fee plus dāna
What is the key to truly healing ourselves? It is combining our aspiration to do so with actual sustained effort. Join us for the third four part webinar series of 2017. Each of the three webinar series held throughout the year draws on an aspect of the three parts of the Eightfold Ennobling Path. This methodology of spiritual awakening is divided into three sections: panna, sila and samadhi, corresponding to mind, speech and body.
There are easier and harder ways to get things done. Typically war and violence don’t resolve anything; similarly anger, greed or confusion don't yield happiness.
How can we heal the madness of society and people around us? First we must heal ourselves. The key to healing is applying effort efficiently and steadily to our attention. Attention and action that are wholesome – whole, integrated, holy – is in everyone's best interest. What is "wholesome?" Whatever leads to our spiritual awakening, our unfolding and development as an integrated, whole, holy human being.
How do we know whether we're making a "complete effort?" Non-clinging is essential. In spite of what we might wish, everything is impermanent. A large part of our struggle is trying to make the impermanent permanent. Through the effort of recognizing and behaving with the realization of non-clinging, we eliminate the constipation of trying to cling to people or things or mind states. Health is the natural result.
What do we apply our effort to? It seems our efforts are mostly driven by our desires or personal preferences. If our desires are based on exploitation (what’s in it for me), we're subject to the three conceits: I am better than, worse than or equal to someone or something else. This comprises a search for safety and security in the material world, where it can't be found ... and instead leads to anxiety and exploitation. Right effort is living by what you already have, then extending the awareness and learning from that.
Right effort means having the best vision. The "best vision" is that which brings greater degrees of freedom. We invite you to join us for this series of webinars, to explore how you may find greater degrees of freedom in your life.
The webinars are streamed live on Mondays, Sept 4, 11, 18, 25, at 7:30pm Mountain Time. We encourage you to prioritize attending live, in order to get the maximum benefit from the energy of the teachings, and to be able to ask questions as they arise.
If this isn't possible, the classes may be watched as a recording for one week after the live class. The webinars are available online for one week after each session, and directions will be given upon registration.
Flash Retreat: On the weekend of Oct 30 and Nov 1, 2017, participants will meditate at home using a unique meditation (details to be announced) designed specifically for modern beings living in today's world. We encourage you to book and plan for this time in your schedules in advance.
Homework: Some homework will be given in each session that we can apply as we go through our day.
Online Forum for Connected Learning: We encourage attendees to participate in Juice, our online forum designed to develop connections with other practitioners, support one another, and otherwise keep our practice juicy. On Juice we can share our experiences as we do the homework and reflect on the teachings, and learn from one another’s experiences and perspectives. When we share what works for us, our spiritual progress can really augment one another’s.
Note that you must register before the start of the first webinar in order to watch all webinars in the series.
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