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How Things Exist: the Wisdom of Emptiness According to Buddhism, we experience unnecessary pain and problems due to misunderstanding how things exist. We believe that things exist in a more substantial way than they actually do, and this is the root of all our troubles, difficult emotions, and painful circumstances. But by realizing the nature of reality – emptiness – we will be able to gradually reduce and ultimately eliminate our difficult emotions, enjoy a peaceful, stable and joyful mind, and eventually achieve enlightenment. In this four week class, we will explore how things actually exist, what our fundamental mistake is, and how to develop the wisdom realizing emptiness. We will also learn how to meditate on emptiness and apply this understanding in our daily lives. 4 Tuesdays April 2-April 23 6:30pm-8:30pm at Diamond Light Meditation Center[masked]th Street, Room 14 (upstairs) Sacramento CA 95818 parking lot in back, ADA accessible www.diamondlightsac.org Suggested donation: $10-$20 per class, No one turned away for lack of funds. Pay online: http://www.diamondlightsac.org/donate/, or check/cash at the door. Emily Hsu is an FPMT registered teacher who graduated in 2004 from FPMT’s seven-year Masters Program of Sutra and Tantra at Istituto Lama Tsong Khapa in Italy. In 2005 she completed a ten-month solitary retreat to integrate the material, and since that time has mainly been teaching and doing some retreat every year. She taught at Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center and other Bay Area centers for ten years, with the last four years as resident teacher until leaving in 2016 to do longer retreat. Emily teaches Basic Program, Discovering Buddhism, introductory courses, meditation, and leads retreats, with particular emphasis on emptiness, bodhicitta, Lamrim, and calm abiding (shi-ne or shamatha) meditation.
How do we stay connected to the innate goodness of our basic human nature in the midst of challenging times? How can I make the world a kinder place by changing how I communicate? In this class, we will introduce the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to cultivate empathy and compassion. No prior knowledge of NVC is necessary. All are welcome. We will introduce the fundamentals of NVC - Observations, Feelings, Needs, and Requests. We will introduce core NVC distinctions that lead to our freedom: - observations vs judgement - feelings vs thinking - needs vs strategies - requests vs demands We will bring non-judgmental awareness to our current communication strategies. We will use NVC tools to shift our attention from right-wrong/reward-punishment thinking to a human needs-centric view. We will introduce practices for cultivating greater felt awareness of our inner world and also learn how to compassionately listen and receive others. We will explore ways to respectfully ask for what we want while also including the other person's needs. To quote the Dalai Lama - "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." At Diamond Light Meditation Center[masked]th Street, Room 14 (upstairs) Sacramento CA 95818 parking lot in back, ADA accessible Cost: $20-$60, no one turned away for lack of funds To register: email [masked] pay at the door, or to pay online: http://www.diamondlightsac.org/donate/ scholarships available! email for more info About the instructor: Sunil Joseph has been a student of NVC since 2004. He attended BayNVC's Leadership program in 2008 where he learned to share NVC with others. Sunil is passionate about sharing his appreciation for NVC with others.