The list of external factors causing anxiety these days seems endless, whether it’s stress at work or school, stress from personal relationships and marriages, financial woes, emotional traumas such as the death of a loved one, stress from a serious medical illness, side effects of medication, illegal drug and alcohol abuse leading to reckless behavior, or the far-too-frequent acts of terrorism in our world. How can we skillfully respond to these significant stressors? Buddha taught many antidotes and special methods to help us gradually and gently move through debilitating states of mind. Instead of feeling depressed, isolated, crippled, or paralyzed by fear and anxiety, we can learn to patiently accept what is happening and ultimately transform it into our spiritual path. The practice through which we transform our fears is called going for refuge. When we can transform our sufferings, we no longer fear them. In this series we will deepen our understanding of the refuge practice. Step-by-step, with reliance on a regular meditation practice, we can use disturbing circumstances to make real spiritual progress. We can keep moving forward with a calm and clear mind.
Feb 5 – Kadam Holly – Taking a Safe and Steady Direction: The Path
Feb 12 – Kadam Holly – Taking a Safe and Steady Direction: The Guide
Feb 19 – Kadam Holly – Taking a Safe and Steady Direction: Spiritual Friendship
Feb 26 – Kadam Holly – The Buddhist Understanding of Death and Dying (Refuge Vow Ceremony at 2pm)