Integrity as a Path to Happiness
Daylong Workshop With Sylvia Boorstein
Sylvia explores the path to an enlightened heart and mind—through the lens of integrity.
The Buddha is said to have focused on developing the qualities of virtue—Generosity, Morality, Renunciation, Wisdom, Energy, Patience, Truthfulness, Determination, Lovingkindness and Equanimity—as the basis for his liberation, through keen and loving attention.
We explore how these virtues are manifestations of wisdom, as well as support for that wisdom. For example, behaving morally assures a guilt-free mind, which is an act of compassion in itself. The perfection of these virtues assures that we can benefit from a greater degree of peace and freedom in our everyday lives, regardless of the situations we find ourselves in.
About Sylvia Boorstein…
Sylvia Boorstein is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California and is also a Senior Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a psychotherapist since 1967 and has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation. Her books include It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.
Why The Buddha Smiled:
Mind Science and Healing Art for Everyone
Daylong Workshop With Robert A.F. Thurman and Tibetan Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Through dialog, meditation and discussion, Robert and Dr. Nida provide an experiential daylong intensive for those seeking increased happiness through learning, meditation practice and positive relationships.
They explore the diversity of the Buddha’s educational system as preserved in Tibet, not only by monks and nun practitioners in the multitude of monasteries, but also by the householders, wandering mendicants and nomad communities of the Tibetan Plateau.
Robert and Dr. Nida look at how the yogic practices found at its core are applicable to suffering beings of any time, in any situation. And they introduce ancient healing meditations that can be used to help each of us right here, right now.
About Robert A.F. Thurman...
Robert A.F. Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. In partnership with Nena Thurman and dedicated contributors, he now focuses on making Tibet House US and its Menla Retreat & Spa a global center for the promotion, study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist healing arts and sciences of body, mind, and spirit, dedicated as a complement to the vast life work of its patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
About Dr. Nida Chenagtsang…
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in Tibet and trained in Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine) at the Lhasa Tibetan Medical University. He has trained in Vajrayana with teachers from every school of Tibetan Buddhism and is a lineage holder of the Yuthok Nyingthig, the unique spiritual tradition of Tibetan Medicine. He has published several books and articles on Tibetan yoga and medicine and his extensive research and revival of ancient Tibetan healing methods has earned him great acclaim in both East and West. Dr. Nida is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Sorig Khang International and Co-Founder of the International Ngakmang Institute, established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong ngakpa non-monastic yogi/ini culture within modern Tibetan society.