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Buddhism and Relationships with Don Glauber

  • Jul 31, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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In an early film, Woody Allen shares this observation about relationships:  "We can't live with them, we can't live without them".  This paradox has the flavor of a Zen koan, which is a practice to bring the ego-centered mind beyond the state it is confined in.  Many of us would admit that relationships (not only romantic ones) take a tremendous amount of time and energy, and can cause us a great deal of suffering (and, hopefully, occasional joy, love and ecstasy, too).   Yet, the recurrent patterns of yearning, pain, frustration, loss, confusion and helplessness can bring us face to face with our essential ego nature, fantasies, attachments and illusions.  Given all this, how can they not be centrally relevant to and useful for our Buddhist practices in pursuit of clarity, self-knowledge, wisdom, compassion and liberation?

This Dharma talk and discussion will focus on how to engage, harness, and explore our relationship patterns and sufferings in such a way that they can be a balanced dimension of our spiritual path. Feel free to bring one brief question about the challenges of relating with others you would like to see explored as part of this evening's inquiry (which you will be asked to write down on an index card at the start of the session with or without your name).

The group is non-sectarian and open to people from all traditions and lineages of Buddhism. Those who are not Buddhists but wish to learn how Buddhist teachings and practices might enrich their own lives are also welcome to attend.

This meeting is free of charge and open to everyone; all levels of practitioners are welcome. We start with 20 minutes of meditation. Beginning meditation instruction is provided for anyone who needs it; if you would like to learn the basics of meditation, please arrive a few minutes early.  For more information, please feel free to contact us at [masked]

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