Sep 6, 2011

Snow Lotus Sangha Presents

“The Wisdom and Energy of Practical Spirituality?”

A workshop presenting practical guidance for contented living.
With Guided meditation and useful information on dealing with everyday dissatisfaction.  The workshop will be led by Joel Baehr.

A Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Joel has been an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister for over 40 years.  He has been a retreat leader, a consultant to many businesses and non-profit groups, and has coached many executives. Joel is the author of an article, "Buddhist Practice-based Psychotherapy," published 2009 in the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health.  He has been a student of Lama John Makransky, Lama Surya Das, Lama Willa Miller and other Tibetan Buddhist Lamas. Joel is a pastoral psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher in private practice, with offices in Cambridge, MA and Old Greenwich, CT.  Joel has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors. He currently teaches Natural Wisdom and Compassion meditation in a number of settings, including the Suffolk County (MA) Jail.  Joel teaches NWC Meditation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Topic of Workshop: "Why does harmony and contentment elude me?
We'll consider through examining and meditating how our common illusion of separateness creates loneliness, fear, and distress - and how trying NOT to be separate builds even thicker walls.  There is a very interesting Buddhist wisdom: that evil enters the world when anyone has the notion that there is someone, somewhere, who does not deserve love.  In fact, most often the one we identify as the one who doesn't deserve love is ourselves!  So we become a bunch of unloved people trying to build a community of love.  If I don't love myself, I will find many ways to love others by staying separate - detached - from them. Love is allowing our own natural goodness and joy to express itself.   We'll have a chance to discover what allows us to awaken to natural unbounded friendliness, which reveals a community that is always present and unbreakable.

“Seekers have to take risks, or else intentions will just stay in the realm of ideas.”  Lama Willa Miller

September 17th 2011

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
1330 Outer Gotham St.
Watertown, NY 13601
Pre-registration is not necessary, but would be helpful.
Teas, Coffee and a vegetable soup will be provided.
If you'd like, Please bring something to share for lunch.
Contact: 315-493-0297
(There is no charge for this workshop, We will be practicing dana*)
                    *Dana-Buddhist Generosity

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