April 4th – 25th, Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Mindfulness is the cornerstone of Buddhist practice. It keeps our meditation grounded in the here and now. By focusing on what the Buddha called the Four Foundations of Mindfulness – body, feelings, mind, objects of mind – we can obtain deep concentration which then leads to insight into the nature of reality.
In this four week class we will explore Jan Chozen Bays book, How to Train a Wild Elephant.
Week 1: What is Mindfulness?
Reading: pages 1-18 in How to Train a Wild Elephant.
Practice #1: Use your non-dominant hand for some ordinary tasks each day. These could include brushing your teeth, combing your hair, or eating with the non-dominant hand for at least part of each meal.
“Be in the body.” – Dai-En Bennage Roshi
Week 2: How do we practice it?
Practice #2: Notice touch. Become more sensitive to both what you touch and what touches you, both physically and emotionally. When you hold something in your hands, you could practice using both of your hands to hold it. How does it feel to use both hands? What textures do you notice? Can we see the connection between what we touch on the outside and our self?
“Washing the dishes is not just washing the dishes [like an object], but washing your own heart.” – Dai-En Bennage Roshi