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Kindness and the Transformation of Trauma and Suffering
October 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Half Day with Dr. Stephen Dansiger
The ancient teachings of the Buddha and those who have followed over the millennia have outlined many aspects of the enlightenment experience, including the Brahmaviharas: Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity. These are often described as the result of dedicated practice, but can also be cultivated directly through practices specific to these four qualities. Modern trauma theory and practice also outlines the critical need for the cultivation of positive states and resources as the key to success in bringing traumatic stress to an adaptive resolution. Through talks, discussion, sitting and walking, this Half Day retreat will guide participants to develop these four heart practices not as a spiritual bypass, but rather as a path to the transformation of trauma, toward the cessation of suffering.
COST: Sliding Scale: $25 – $60, plus an offering of DANA to the teacher. Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and pay it forward for those who have less.
Scholarships and work-study are available. No is turned away for lack of funds.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. WALK-INS ARE WELCOME.
Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT has been a practicing Buddhist since 1989. Steve practiced in the Zen tradition for most of that time, including numerous retreats and a one-year residency at a Zen Buddhist monastery. He has taught mindfulness for over 20 years in a variety of settings, including meditation centers, schools, businesses, government agencies and treatment centers. He now teaches classes regularly at Against the Stream Meditation Society in Los Angeles, and also leads short retreats and workshops locally and nationally. He is the Clinical Director of Refuge Recovery Centers which he helped start with Noah Levine. He also created their treatment model, the MET(T)A Method. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers, and (with Jamie Marich) EMDR and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care (coming Summer 2017). More about Steve can be found at DRDANSIGER.COM.