Dharma Talk: Groundlessness

with Robert Schneider
Friday, January 15, 6-8 p.m.
 
Via Zoom… preregister to receive link! The link will be sent out at 5 p.m. on the day of the event to those who have registered in advance.
 
Our Dharma Talk Series continues via Zoom. The program includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for sharing. 
 
Have you ever felt like the rug has been pulled out from under you? Join Bobby Schneider for an evening of practice and exploration about identity, groundlessness, and illusion.
 
Over time, meditation practice reveals that our identity is made of elaborate stories we continually tell ourselves about ourselves. The world we live in is created in the same way. As compelling as these narratives may be, we depend on feedback to sustain them. But what happens when the feedback we receive contradicts the view we hold of ourselves and of the world? When the discrepancy is great, it can feel like the rug has been pulled out from under us. We call this state of destabilization groundlessness, a term which also conveys a sense of free falling. These days, the contributing factors to our feelings of instability are many. But the good news is that with practice, we can use these feelings to see through the stories we write about ourselves, to deepen our insight into the intersubjective nature of reality, and to realize that the very notion of solid ground is only an illusion.
 
This offering is part of the year-long program, Making Friends with Ourselves & Our World, January-December, 2021.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Preregister to receive Zoom link.To register, kindly choose a donation amount below that works for you. If finances are tight, you are most welcome to come for free. Please email [email protected] Everyone who preregisters will receive a Zoom link at 5 p.m. on the day of the talk.
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Robert G. Schneider has been a practicing Buddhist since 2000. He was born in Queens in 1964 and raised in Ithaca, New York. In the 1980s, Robert left college to follow the Indian guru Swami Muktananda, living and working in the guru’s Siddha Yoga ashrams in India and the U.S. for four years. While living abroad in Brussels, Belgium during the 1990s and 2000s, he became a student and friend of the esteemed Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Lama Karta, who passed away in 2013. Robert now lives in Maine and is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Southern Maine. 
 
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