Practices to Sustain Emotional/Spiritual Balance
with Tim Burkett
Offered Online Only
February 26, 1-5 pm
Cost: $45 members | $50 nonmembers | $25 scholarship | $50 scholarship supporter
The afternoon will be spent doing three Buddhist-informed practices.
Bringing the Aggregates into View
According to early Buddhist psychology the self is made up of five aggregates: form (contact);
sensation/feeling; perception; impulse/intention; consciousness. Unfortunately, consciousness--with its incessant reviewing, regretting, and rehearsing--dominates the other four. We will practice bringing the first four into awareness so that we can make space for all five without any one dominating.
Practicing with the Tetralemma
Any time we are caught by a belief, emotion, or seemingly insoluble problem we can do this practice. First we embrace the side on which we are stuck. Then we move to its opposite and let it penetrate our psyche. After this, we hold both of them together, sensing how they actually complement each other. Finally, we move into a liberating space in which we let go of both, a space of infinite possibility.
Compassion is a core teaching in Buddhist psychology. However, the scriptures underplay the importance of self-compassion, which may be the key to practicing compassion toward others effectively without becoming co-dependent or getting burned out. Tim will lead participants through a couple of self-compassion exercises as well as a long guided meditation.
Tim Burkett is a Senior Teacher and former Guiding Teacher at MZMC. He is also a retired psychologist.