By Jean Esther, IPV Teacher
We have entered into new uncharted territory as we reckon with the impact of our human inter-connectedness and its implications with this global pandemic. What can we draw on from the Buddha’s teachings to navigate these unprecedented times?
Please join Jean Esther for group meditation and a Dharma talk followed by some time to hear from each other as well. Via Zoom on Wednesday, March 25, 7pm. Click below to join the talk.
By Kim Weeber, IPV Teacher
Practicing meditation can be a lot like practicing playing the piano. We learn the basics, and gradually improve our ability to play and enjoy the music. However, it's always useful to go back and practice the basic scales again, and see if there's anything that we could learn a little more deeply.
If you have any interest in exploring the basics again, to see if there is a way to practice that might suit you better, or relearn some of the basics of the Buddhist teachings again, such as the Four Noble Truths, please join us for this overview of the basic meditation practices and Buddhist teachings.
Everyone is welcome!
Join Kim for Beginners/Beginner's Mind Meditation a 6-week series beginning Sunday, April 5, 10am.
By Cheryl Wilfong, Guest Teacher
Could I surrender to Life?
Just go where Life is taking me anyway, whether or not I want it, whether or not I want to go there. Could I stop acting as if I know better than Life how to live it? Could I stop trying to control Life?
I have spent years of my life kicking and screaming against the way things are. I want circumstances to be different! Oh, how I want something different from what I'm getting. That's not fair. That's not right. It's not supposed to be like this. I want what other people have. I want to be normal.
But you know what? Life has actually been pretty good to me, even when I was pulling my oars in a different direction, with all my might, away from where my life stream was taking me. I could never have foreseen the good things that lay downstream in front of me, around the bend in the river. I thought I was in charge of the map.
Ha! So shortsighted.
Cheryl Wilfong's latest book is Breast Cancer Meets Mindfulness: Surrendering to Life.
Join her for Sick Body, Healthy Mind, a full-day retreat on Saturday, March 21.
By Kim Weeber, IPV Teacher
Have you ever wondered if there is something more to practice that following your breath? Have you ever wondered what the Buddha recommended about how we can take practice into our lives? If so, you may want to check out some of his most complete teachings on both how to practice, and how we can live in a way that brings us more ease.
In The Four Noble Truths, we will talk about practical aspects of the teachings that you can use in your life, as well as an overview of the teachings. I personally have found his teachings on skillful effort to be very helpful. Nice to know ways to get out of being stuck in negativity!
Join me for this 5-week course beginning Tuesday, February 25, 7:00pm.
Blog posts are written by various IPV and guest teachers. Biographies can be found on the Teachers page.