Karuna
Thursdays, May 16 – June 27, 2019
8:45 – 9:45 am CT

“I have found three ways of thinking that shift me out of a feeling of powerlessness: practicing gratitude, trust in the moment, and thinking about others.” ― Deborah Adele, Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice

In this seven-week series, we will explore how morality is SEXY!

We’ll add into the mix, morality from the yogic tradition with a deep dive into the yamas and niyamas alongside an exploration of the vows of morality through the Tibetan Buddhist lens.

In Karuna’s series, we always try to bring these age-old practices to LIFE by feeling into the practical applicability of what we learn and contemplate in class into our daily life. Noting the flavors of suffering – dukkha that keep us stuck is step one. From this springboard we can truly find sweet satisfaction – sukha.

We’ll engage in subtle body work as well – learning how to clear out the blockages in our body through gentle breathwork. Expect to engage in shamatha meditation as well as visualizations into our practice. We’ll also reflect on the first four verses of the Source of All My Good, so participation in Module One and Two is not necessary!

In this year-long study of Je Tsongkapa’s “The Source of All My Good,” we will explore the many elements of a spiritual path in great detail. We shall discover how these concepts from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective — based on this important and beautiful work — are applicable in every moment and decision in our life. Though based on the teachings of the Buddha, we will explore how to apply this wisdom to our everyday life from many perspectives – regardless of faith, philosophy, or religion. In other words, we will bring this poem to life, finding applicability in each moment and circumstance in our daily life. You are invited to join us for the whole year; however, each segment can be studied “stand alone” and therefore you can join us for a particular module if you prefer.

The Source of All My Good (“The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment”) is a 14-verse instructional on how to live a good life. Otherwise known as the Lam Rim Chenmo, the author Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419) is regarded as the father of the Gelukpa lineage – that of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Lam means Path and Rim means steps/stages. The Lam Rim Chenmo is a complete instructional on how to live a good spiritual life from A to Z.

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Module Four: Infusing Your Life With Meaning

7/18-9/5 (8 weeks)

Module Five: The Gift of Ultimate Freedom – Embodying the Six Perfections

9/12-10/31 (8 weeks)

Note* No Classes in November as Karuna will be leading the Mind Oasis Retreat in Nepal

Module Six: We’re All On the Path of the Diamond

12/5 – 26 (4 weeks)