May 8: Being a part of the body of living beings
May 15: This mountain, that mountain
May 22: The ocean of joy that arises from compassion
May 29: Exploring “compassion fatigue”
June 5: Exchanging self with others, part 1
June 12: Exchanging self with others, part 2
A kind heart, by its very nature, is a happy heart. When we learn to keep a kind heart all the time, we will also learn that we can experience a degree of happiness that we didn’t even imagine was possible. However, wanting to be kind and actually putting our kindness into practice every day are not the same thing: Despite our good intentions, we sometimes struggle to cherish others and eliminate any lingering selfish intentions we might have.
During this six-week series with Gen Nyema, learn two famous Buddhist meditations that will help us keep a kind heart all the time. The first meditation, equalizing self and others, teaches us to cherish others as we would cherish ourselves. The second meditation, exchanging self with others, helps us to develop deeply altruistic minds of love and compassion that are completely free from selfish intentions. We’ll explore these two meditations over the six weeks; along the way, we’ll explore compassion, overcoming feelings of burnout, and other topics that are relevant to our daily lives and our relationships.