Dharma At The Edge – Santa Fe, NM

15 Aug 2017 - 16 Aug 2017 | 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
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Date(s) - 15/08/2017 - 16/08/2017
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Upaya Zen Center

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Dharma At The Edge

August 15 – August 16, 2017

Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM

The essential nature of a bodhisattva or a Buddha is that he or she embraces the enlightened qualities of the five Buddha families, which pervade every living being without exception, including ourselves. These enlightened qualities include discriminating awareness wisdom, mirror-like wisdom, all encompassing space, wisdom of equanimity, and all accomplishing wisdom.  To achieve the realization of these five Buddha families or the five dhyana buddhas, it is necessary to meet and transform the five disturbing emotions of great attachment, anger or aggression, ignorance or bewilderment, pride and envy.  We will not only explore the practice of transforming these disturbing emotions on our own path, but also explore the five Buddha families as tools for social organizing principles for engaged work.

This will be a highly experiential and participatory training/retreat in which the participants will learn and practice skills for transforming disturbing emotions in to wisdom at the personal level.  It will also be a training in how to hold space for this transformation in therapeutic, clinical and other helping relationships.  We will also train in supporting the transformation these disturbing emotions and their collective manifestations at the societal level.

Participants will deepen their capacity for presence with the somatic, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of their own experience, as well as their capacity for self-reflective and meta-cognitive strategies for learning and transformation.  They will also deepen their capacity for wise and compassionate presence with others in one-on-one and group relational fields.   Altogether, participants will deepen their capacity for a non-fear based relationship with themselves, others and the challenges of modern society.

The charnel grounds refer to those challenging places in ourselves, others and society that frighten us, that cause us to shrink back into a defended, less available or even entirely withdrawn and shut down way of being.  Or this same fear and defensiveness can lead to manipulative, aggressive or retaliatory behaviors. Such charnel grounds are part of life and part of who we are.  In this training, participants will be introduced to a context and direct experience of their own and society’s basic goodness.  From this deep context of spiritual well-being, we can develop the confidence to relate with personal and societal charnel grounds with gentleness and fearlessness, bravery and compassion.

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