Vesak Celebration: The Qualities of the Buddha and the Whole Life Path

May 30, 2021
Online via Zoom

Please join us!

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May 30, 2021
Online via Zoom

Please join us!

In this five-and-a-half hours workshop, we will contemplate and meditate together on the qualities of the Buddha and the qualities of his teachings, and how they can support us in our lives. This is the outline of the Online Vesak Celebration:

  • Introduction (Venerable Vimala of Tilorien Monastery): The meaning and relevance of Vesak celebration will be explained.
  • Dhamma Contemplation Practice (Bhante Sukhacitto):  Participants in a group will begin by contemplating a short excerpt from the Buddha’s teachings. Over the course of five distinct practice phases, we will engage with the text and one another, speaking the truth and listening deeply. Participants move from engagements with just the words of the text, then to the emotional resonances, it evokes. This leads to a cognitive investigation of the meaning, discernment of its essence, and finally, setting the text aside to engage in an exploration of present moment experience: how has this life been touched by the Buddha’s words.
  • Dhamma Talk with Q&A: (Gregory Kramer) “The Qualities of the Buddha and the Whole Life Path.”
  • Insight Dialogue Practice (Bhante Sukhacitto): Participants begin with a period of silent sitting meditation and are then invited into pairs or larger groups to practice together. Six meditation instructions – guidelines— form the core of Insight Dialogue practice: Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, and Speak the Truth. The guidelines serve as the foundation for bringing meditative qualities of mind to the practice. In this way, relational contact and meditative qualities of the mind help bring root wisdom teachings into lived experience, here and now.