Head and Heart Together: Bringing Wisdom to the Brahmaviharas
A Daylong Retreat
Saturday March 29, 2014
9:30 – 4:00
The Brahmaviharas – or Sublime Attitudes – are the theme of a meditative practice designed to induce attitudes of unlimited goodwill, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. They are often regarded strictly as emotions of the heart, but in the Buddhist understanding, there is no clear line between the heart and mind. Thus when deeloping the Brahmaviharas, it’s important not only to cultivate healthy emotions, but also healthy ways of thinking about those emotions: where they come from, how they’re developed, and what purposes they serve. This daylong course – through readings, talks, discussion, and meditation – will focus on bringing the head and heart together in developing these attitudes that are necessary for a happy and harmless life.
Cost: Retreat is offered on a Dana basis. Dana means generosity and is the Buddhist practice of giving to ones capacity. In keeping with traditional Buddhist principles, teachings which liberate are priceless and so no set fee is required making them accessible to all. Please CLICK HERE for more info on Dana. All monies will be split equally between Than Geoff and Against the Stream.
Bring a lunch for yourself and something to share with Than Geoff. In the Buddhist Monastic tradition Than Geoff depends completely on alms food and noon is his main meal
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Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American monk of the Thai forest tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko in Thailand and ordained in 1976. In 1991 he helped establish Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego, CA where he is the abbot. He is a prolific writer and translator. Many of his works can be found online at www.accesstoinsight.org.