Dharma Talk: Heroic Perseverance

with Erika Bjorum
Thursday, October 3, 6-8 p.m.
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
“If no wind blows, then nothing stirs.” Shantideva, The Way of the Boddhisattva

How amazing is it when we actually notice that our usual ways of trying to be happy or avoid inconvenience are a little off base?  Shantideva, 8th century Buddhist monk and scholar, rouses our fundamental good nature by telling us that, yes, practicing meditation, staying present, and being curious are all hard to do at times. But the exertion we put forth to engineer every moment to seek comfort or avoid suffering is harder by far. When we begin to notice that choosing to be present and curious brings energy and contentment, we are connecting with what Pema Chodron calls “heroic perseverance” – a form of enthusiasm that fuels and expands our awakened heart.
Everyone is welcome. 
Suggested donation: $15-20

Erika Bjorum has been a meditation practitioner since 2001. She has trained in the Vipassana tradition, as well as in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition at centers in Alaska, British Columbia, Vermont and Maine. As a Shambhala guide, Erika has co-taught Way of Shambhala classes in Portland and Rockland. She has a varied background as a community organizer, social worker, sled dog handler and farm worker. She now lives in Bremen, Maine with her husband and two daughters. Erika runs her own private mental health care practice with a focus on trauma recovery. Over the past year, Erika structured two self-guided meditation retreats around Pema Chodron's commentary on The Way of the Boddhisattva, Shantideva's 8th century guide to living a wholehearted life of compassion.