How do we transcend our problems? The Buddha said that we can't stop problems from occuring but what we can do is change the ways we react to them. We'll discuss what is at the root of out problems (self-grasping and self-cherishing), what causes us to continue to experience them and what we can do to deal with them with compassion and equanimity. (Yes, it *is* possible.)
I hope you will join us. This will be a multi-week class. You can join at any time (don't be afraid!). We'll do our normal meditation session followed by teaching and discussion.
We'll be using the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation as our guide. Here's a translation from Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
Determined to obtain the greatest possible benefit from all sentient beings, who are more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel, I shall hold them most dear at all times.
When in the company of others, I shall always consider myself the lowest of all, and from the depths of my heart hold others dear and supreme.
Vigilant, the moment a delusion appears in my mind, endangering myself and others, I shall confront and avert it without delay.
Whenever I see beings who are wicked in nature and overwhelmed by violent negative actions and suffering, I shall hold such rare ones dear, as if I had found a precious treasure.
When, out of envy, others mistreat me with abuse, insults, or the like, I shall accept defeat and offer the victory to others
When someone whom I have benefited and in whom I have great hopes gives me terrible harm, I shall regard that person as my holy guru.
In short, both directly and indirectly, do I offer every happiness and benefit to all my mothers. I shall secretly take upon myself all their harmful actions and suffering.
Undefiled by the stains of the superstitions of the eight worldly concerns, may I, by perceiving all phenomena as illusory, be released from the bondage of attachment