When Things Fall Apart, Part 2

with Rachel Nixon
Six Tuesdays, June 16-July 21, 6-8 p.m.
By registration
 
Via Zoom... link provided at the time of registration!
 
"When we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn't just ourselves that we're discovering. We're discovering the universe." - Pema Chödrön
 
When Things Fall Apart, Part 2 is a continuation of our Buddhist studies begun earlier this Spring. In a warm-hearted environment, we will deepen our understanding of groundlessness and impermanence, and we will open our hearts to the Mahayana teachings on Compassion. We will draw inspiration from our practice and each other, as well as from Chapters 12-22 in Pema Chödrön's book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.

Gatherings will include practice, teachings, self-reflection, and discussion. Meditation techniques will include on-the-spot practice (heart opening), mindfulness meditation (shamatha), and taking and sending (tonglen). We will practice speaking and listening from the heart.
 
The atmosphere will be gentle and welcoming. Everyone is encourged to bring curiosities, questions, and ideas to the group each week. 
 
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners and advanced practitioners. 
 
Prerequisites: 1) When Things Fall Apart, Part 1 or 2) reading Chapters 1-11 on your own and feeling comfortable jumping in mid-stream. 
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. Pay-what-you-can donations are welcome too. In addition to online payment, you may send checks to: The Dancing Elephant, 14 School Street, Rockland, ME 04841. Thank you!
Suggested donation
 
(There is a $5 increase in the usual cost of the series to help cover Zoom fees. Thank you!)
 
Note: The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated. You are also welcome to come for free. Registration is required.