A Six-Week Buddhist Meditation Course
When: Mondays, 7-9pm PDT, September 27th to Nov 1st
Where: The Flander’s House Community Room — 2926 NE Flanders St, Portland 97232
Registration: Email me at David@pathofsincerity.com
Cost: donation/generosity (see below). I’d suggest reading this article for thinking about donations.
Covid Policy: Participants are required to be fully vaccinated, and masks will also be required. Group size will be capped much lower than capacity, but note that maintaining social distancing will be a bit questionable. In the case of positive COVID tests or if the Delta situation worsens, we may need to move the course online.
One Sentence Summary:
While you will leave this course with a better understanding of the Theravāda Buddhist perspective on loving-kindness (mettā), the overarching goal is to live from a deeper wellspring of love; or, more simply, to be love now.
Through guided meditations, brief lecture, discussion, and optional between-week homework, you will internalize:
- A Buddhist vision of love, including what exactly it is (and isn’t!), why it’s important, the four pillars of true love, and how it applies equally to ourselves, romantic partners, friends, grocery clerks, and even our least favorite politicians!
- How to balance love with wisdom, particularly ways to release ill-will and develop care when we’re having a tough time with someone (especially ourselves!)
- Several classic techniques and reflections used to develop love. We’ll utilize the traditional loving-kindness phrases, but also take on a spirit of play, experimenting with visualization, somatic methods, prayer-like contemplation, forgiveness practice, and the role of “wise reflection.”
- The connection between loving feelings, intentions & actions — and, using an understanding of that connection to create positive feedback loops of love in our relationships, work-life, inner life, and everything in between.
One of the real benefits of a course like this is the ongoing community aspect. It’s one thing to read a book on mettā, and it’s entirely another thing to commit to six weeks of practice with a community, where we have a chance to dive in together, get feedback, lean on each other, and do the practice day-in-and-day-out.
A Personal Note:
In my own life, this course has been a decade in the making, and what you’ll learn is a lot of what has helped me to be more kind & accepting towards myself, to be able to pivot out of apathetic/depressive states, and to find a greater tenderness, understanding and opening in my relationships. Sometimes in Western Buddhism and/or meditation, we overly focus on the stillness & non-reactivity side and forget that developing the heart is a MAJOR part of practice!
I would love to invite you into this journey of love that’s been cared for and passed down for over 2,600 years, and is as powerful now as it’s ever been 🙂
Cost & Commitment:
As with nearly everything I do, I’m offering this course on the gift economy; aka on donation, as a practice of mutual giving and receiving!
As donation-based offerings are a bit foreign in our culture, I would love for you to read over this article on how I think about the financial part of donation-based courses. I trust that whatever you donate will be the perfect amount! No one will be turned away or judged for lack of funds!
Also, just as importantly, offered-on-donation doesn’t mean “come when you feel like it” or “only participate halfway.” While of course life happens and you may have to miss a week, I’d request that you make a genuine commitment to showing up and doing the practices — that’s the only real way to turn these teachings from a good idea into something you truly live and embody; or, put it simply, to be love now.
To register or for any questions, please email me via email@example.com