June 17th -19th, 2021 | Live Online with Replays
It is something of a paradox that we will devote an entire weekend to teaching that which cannot be taught: that which must be discovered and practiced and explored by oneself if it is to become truly meaningful. Yet we will try. It is said that trying to meditate without an understanding of its purpose is like a blind man shooting an arrow with no idea of where the target might be. With this in mind, we will not only offer guidance in how to meditate but will also talk about why we meditate. What is “meditation?” What is its target? Is it insight, and what is that?
How does mindfulness work with difficult feelings, with yearning, anxiety or trauma? How can we use meditation to help ourselves rather than hide from ourselves?
Those of us who have grown up in the West, struggling personally with issues like anxiety or addiction -- or facing life crises involving a quest for meaning or purpose -- often look to meditation for help. This weekend’s workshop, through lectures, discussion, meditation and questions and answers, will explore what help actually looks like. Join Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein and Emeritus Buddhology Professor Robert Thurman as they approach Father’s Day while celebrating what it means to heal your mind.
*Image: Standing Mañjushrī, Western Tibet, 10th Century, Bronze. Courtesy Tibet House US Repatriation Collection