Oct. 12 - 15, 2017, at the American Bodhi Center in Hempstead, TX (Additional day for ordained Order of Interbeing members and formal aspirants on Oct. 11)
Now, seemingly more than ever, we need to refresh, to renew, to listen more deeply, to learn new insight, to reconcile. And truly, with careful practice and the support of a virtuous community, healing and transformation are possible.
Sit by the river, and allow its movement to become your own. Notice the curling eddy, the ripple, the tumble. Water is moving into itself, cleansing and healing as it flows. Practicing to be truly present with ourselves, as we are, opens the door for healing. With a clear and kind embrace, transformation occurs.
When we come home to ourselves, we also discover we are a part of life; that our suffering and joy are interwoven with all beings. We touch our not-separate-self nature. We become part of the River of Awakening. Practicing together, our insight and capacity grow strong enough to embrace the collective suffering of our society.
The study and practice of the Pāramitās (Sanskrit) or Pāramī (Pali) will be a background for this year’s study. Paramita translates as “perfection”, and also as “that which goes beyond”. The Six Paramitas are: Dāna: generosity, giving of oneself Śīla: virtue, moral conduct, mindfulness training Kṣānti: patience, acceptance, endurance, inclusiveness Vīrya: energy, diligence, effort Dhyāna: one-pointed concentration, contemplation Prajñā: wisdom, insight They represent the fundamental and universal qualities of an Awakened Life. They are the practice of stepping away from a self-centeredness, and taking up the cause of collective well-being, a full immersion in the reality of Interbeing.