Pulling Weeds, Growing Fruit
February 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PST
An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Monday, repeating until February 26, 2018
The Four Great Efforts of Dharma Practice
When we think about wise effort in practice, it’s usually what kind of effort to bring to meditation: diligent, relaxed, curious, gentle, etc. But an even more important question is to ask what are we trying to do with our efforts? The Buddha’s Four Great Efforts teaching addresses that question with brevity and depth. In this 4-week class we’ll unpack the Four Efforts to reveal a wealth of attitudes, practices and perspectives that can help accelerate and enrich the path to freedom. What does it mean to abandon unwholesome mindstates and how do we go about it? Is it possible to develop a more joyful practice (and life!) by cultivating and sustaining the good? Come join us to explore these topics and more through practice, reflection, discussion and readings. For meditators of any experience level who wish to deepen their practice.
Cheryl Slean has been practicing insight meditation intensively since 1995, including hundreds of days of silent retreat. She was authorized to teach in 2007, and is currently serving on the Teachers’ Councils at Against the Stream and Insight Community of the Desert. She teaches classes and residential retreats at these centers and at spiritual and secular venues worldwide. Cheryl is also a writer, filmmaker and educator working in the arts and sustainability, and is co-executive producer of VisionLA Climate Action Arts.