Dharma Talk: Impermanence

with Robert Schneider
Friday, April 2, 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. 
 
“It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
 
Join Robert Schneider for an evening of practice and exploration about what it means to be fully alive in a world where all things must pass.
 
What are you attached to in your life? What would it feel like to let go? The doctrine of impermanence is fundamental to Buddhism. Everything is in a constant state of change and nothing lasts forever. This concept may be easy to grasp intellectually, but it’s harder to see that the root of our suffering is that we have trouble accepting this self-evident truth. We want certainty and solid ground beneath our feet but everything keeps changing. We often cling to what makes us happy. Buddhist practices such as mindfulness and meditation can reduce stress and anxiety but the benefits may only be temporary. We can know lasting contentment and be truly at peace only through the recognition that there is ultimately nothing in this world we can hold on to. When we learn to let go and accept the reality of impermanence, we can live fully.
 
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]com). 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 was born in Queens in 1964 and raised in Ithaca, New York. In the 1980s, he 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. His coming-of-age novel, The Guru’s Touch, is based on this period of his life. While living abroad in Brussels, Belgium during the 1990s and 2000s, Schneider became a student and friend of the esteemed Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Lama Karta, who passed away in 2013. Robert 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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