This ongoing, open, weekly 90-minute group focuses on a deepening understanding of mindfulness in daily life, and the development and continuation of an enjoyable, consistent daily sitting practice. The stillness and spaciousness always available to us are cultivated, and then used as a base of operation for inquiring into and examining the nature of our thoughts and emotions, the experience of self, and our relationship with the world around us. As we see ourselves and the world we live in with greater clarity and wisdom, anxiety, despair and anger soften in us, and true compassionate action can be present.
With these practices as a foundation, we have just finished a year-long exploration of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (the Satipatthana Sutta.) Beginning in August 2021, Open Circle Mindfulness will begin exploring the 7 Points of Mind Training, also known as Lojong. Lojong, or The 7 Points of Mind Training, is a Tibetan practice, “for Cultivating the Heart of Compassion” (Jamgon Kongtrul). This is our 2nd time around with this centuries-old, yet remarkably timely practice, which many find to be transformative and life-changing. I hope you will join us.
Please see the “Current Topic” section in the main menu for more information about the Lojong trainings.
The group is currently meeting via Zoom, Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00. If you have questions, please contact Ken Lenington at 828-768-1143 (call or text) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.