KT8 – Deepening Week – May 23 - 29, 2021
2/21/2021:Further Resources on Grief
KT7 Handouts & Assignments: 10/24 & 10/25
Next Cohort Call: Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 5-8pm ET
12/20/2020: Homework Assignments
Additional Cohort Calls: 8/30, 9/20, 10/18 – all Sundays, all 6-7:30pm ET
9/20/2020 Assignments: Transitions Contemplation
10/18/2020 Assignments: 5-Hour Project Guidelines
Handouts & Homework Baltimore KT6 Compassionate Presence 2 – August 1-2, 2020 – Virtual
For example: for Vajra:
Trungpa, Chogyam, The Sanity We Are Born With, Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20
Not Turning Away: The Practice of Engaged Buddhism; an anthology from 25 years of Turning Wheel: The Journal of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, edited by Susan Moon; 2004 Shambhala
A giant Compassionate Exchange example:
Speaking of Silence: Christians and Buddhist in Dialogue – Entire book
Contributors The Dalai Lama, Chogyam Trunpa, David Steindle-Rast, Tessa Bielecki, Thomas Keating and others. 2005 Vajradhatu Recordings (available through Kalapa Media)
Chapman, Susan, The Five Keys to Mindful Communication
*Buddha Family Readings that will help in everyday life*
Chogyam, Ngakpa, Spectrum of Ecstasy, Chapters 6 through 10
Fremantle, Francesca, Luminous Emptiness, Chapters 5 and 7
*Other Books mentioned*
Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands 2017 Central Recovery Press
Owens, Lama Rod Love and Rage 2020 Penguin
*Questions for Study and Contemplation*
Cohort Call – July 12, 2020
Cohort Call – June 7, 2020
Homework: Ngakpa Chogyam, Spectrum of Ecstasy: Embracing the Five Wisdom Emotions of Vajrayana Buddhism; Chapter2 – Hall of Mirrors — SoE ch 2
Chapman, Susan Gillis The Five Keys to Mindful Communication; Intro and chapters 1-2; pages 196-200 “Self Reflection Guide”
If you don’t have the book and don’t wish to buy it, the first chapter is also this article here at Mindful Magazine: https://www.mindful.org/stop-go-wait/
Wegela, Karen Kissel How to Be a Help Instead of a Nuisance; Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16
Kornfield, Jack The Wise Heart, Buddhist Psychology for the West; Chapters 21, 23 & 24
Trungpa, Chogyam, The Sanity We Are Born With; Pages 72-77, 85-89, 170-175; Chapters 10 and 13
Fremantle, Francesca, Luminous Emptiness; Chapters 6 and 7
Ngakpa Chogyam, Spectrum of Ecstasy – Entire Book
Three handouts from Susan: Five Keys, From Ego to Wisdom, Four Limitless Ones
Hick, Steven F, Bien, Thomas; Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship – Entire book
Wegela, Karen Kissel, The Courage to be Present: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Awakening of Natural Wisdom – Entire book
Welwood, John, Toward a Psychology of Awakening; Chapters 11, 12
Chodron, Pema Tonglen: The Path of Transformation – Entire book
Link to Still Face video
We watched this in KT2 but Susan would like us to re-watch:
Note on Recordings
Use audio recordings from Susan and Naoko leading Tonglen and sitting if you would like support for those practices. Re-listen to or watch recordings of talks in order to deepen your understanding if desired.
Spend time until the next weekend program catching up on reading you have not yet had a chance to complete.
Trungpa, Chögyam: The Sanity We Are Born With
Kornfield, Jack: The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
Podvoll, Edward: Recovering Sanity: A Compassionate Approach to Understanding and Treating Psychosis
Fremantle, Francesca: Luminous Emptiness: Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Also recommended but not required:
Somé, Malidoma, Patrice: Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community
Yang, Larry: Awakening Together
Study Questions KT 4:
Study Questions Working with the Mandala in Daily Ritual:
Assignments, Study Questions, Suggested Readings
Describe emotion from the perspective of contemplative psychology.
What is your understanding of ‘touch and go’ and how do you practice that?
Describe the four step practice and give examples of how and when to apply it.
What is the difference between a process group and a body speech and mind group?
Trungpa, ChogyamThe Sanity we Are Born With
Trungpa, ChogyamThe Myth of Freedom
Fremantle, Francesca Luminous Emptiness, Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Welwood, John Toward a Psychology of Awakening
Chodron, Pema Taking the Leap
Chodron, PemaWhen Things Fall Apart
Kornfield, Jack The Wise Heart, A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
Welwood, John Toward a Psychology of Awakening
Assignments, Study Questions, Readings, Assignments
Practice meditation regularly
Meet in your continuity groups monthly (or more) before the next class
Five weeks of contemplating Skandhas
1.Sit and relax for 5-10 minutes.
2.Ask the question, or read a short pithy statement about the topic.
3.Allow some space to resonate with the question, which you can repeat a few times.
4.Be curious, applying what you’ve learned so far in your exploration.
5.Allow insight to emerge in its own way.
6.Follow up by putting your insight into words, in a journal or in dialogue.
Self Contemplation: (2 minutes for each question)
When you think of part of your body you like, what happens to the sense of self?
When you think of part of your body you don’t like, what happens to the sense of self?
When you think of someone you like, what happens to the sense of self?
When you think of someone you don’t like, what happens to the sense of self?
When you think of succeeding and being praised, what happens to the sense of self?
When you think of failing or being criticized, what happens to the sense of self?
Take good upright posture with the intention to stay awake and mull over the following questions, and feel how they are resonating in your body, speech and mind. Contemplate each question for 2 minutes and then journal if anything arises on any one of the questions:
First Skandha: First Split; Ask yourself where is the ‘I’ in my body right now?
Second Skandha: Feeling; Notice if the “I” in your body is feeling safe, unsafe or neutral – when you find the answer, what happens in your body?
Third Skandha: Perception-Impulse: Take a tour of your sense perceptions – seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling – choose one that is most dominant and stay with it. Through the perception, notice what happens in your body and in your emotions when you sense something pleasurable, aversive or neutral?
Fourth Skandha: Formation: Consider fixated mind, pull up some story line where you feel stuck (you know the one) then feel into the atmosphere of that story and ask yourself; “What is the root fixation? Is this my arrogance, stinginess, pride, poverty, passion, pride… etc?”
Fifth Skandha: Consciousness: What is the textural visceral experience of the worlds you create over and over where you feel claustrophobic?
What is a skandha, how many are there, what are they called and how do they work in developing a notion of self?
What does the sentence: “the same mind that causes confusion is the same mind that wakes us up” mean to you?
Do we need ego to survive?
Give definitions and explanations of each of the skandhas and how they are working together.
What is a person?
Freemantle, Francesca Luminous Emptiness
Chapter 6: The Five-Step Process of Ego
Kornfield, Jack The Wise Heart
Chapters: 3, 6
Trungpa, Chogyam, The Lion’s Roar
Part 2, Chapter 1: Suffering, Impermanence, Egolessness
Trungpa, Chogyam, The Sanity We Are Born With
Chapters: 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11
Yang, Larry, Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community
Chapter 6: Refuge in a Multicultural World
Other Recommended Books:
ThichNhatHanh,The Heart of Understanding
Andy Karr, Contemplating Reality
Required Readings – Books to invest in & readings to support the weekend:
Trungpa, Chögyam The Sanity we are Born With: a Buddhist approach to psychology
Chapter 1 Taming the horse, riding the mind
Chapter 2 Discovering basic goodness
Chapter 14 Becoming a full human being
Chapter 17 Intrinsic health: a conversation with health professionals.
Chapter 20 Is meditation therapy?
Kissel Wegela, Karen How to be a Help Instead of a Nuisance: practical approaches to giving support, service & encouragement to others
Chapter 3 Sitting meditation
Chapter 4 The spectrum of brilliant sanity
Chapter 22 Body-speech-mind groups
Kornfield, Jack The Wise Heart: Buddhist Psychology for the West.
Chapter 1 Nobility: our original goodness; (dg)
Chapter 7 The liberating power of mindfulness. (dg)
PDF Downloads of Readings
Brilliant Sanity pgs 175-194 Walker A Discipline of Inquisitiveness Body Speech Mind Approach
Lions Roar pages 75-85 Trungpa Suffering, Impermanence, Egolessness
R Walker Body Speech and Mind from Brilliant Sanity typed version
Summary of Body, Speech, Mind Practice
Pema Chödrön The Wisdom of No Escape, and the Path of Loving-Kindness, 1991:
Chapter 9 Weather and the Four Noble Truths. (sb)
Ricard, Matthieu Why Can’t “I” Be Happy?, Shambhala Sun – July 2006. (sb)
Baker, John All Together in the Present, Shambhala Sun – January 2006. (sb)
Maintain a regular sitting meditation practice.
Meet monthly in your Continuity Group.
Contemplate your History of Sanity, spending more time on ways in which your unconditional health has carried you through difficult times in your life. Look for patterns of resilience, strength and vitality. Then prepare a 5-minute presentation of your personal history of sanity. This should include specific insights about patterns of basic health that you can identify when you dive more deeply into your life history from this perspective. You will be presenting this in a small group in our next weekend together.
Consider having a “study buddy.”
Contemplate these study questions as you read and discuss:
Video 1 Guided meditation – Naoko
Video 2 Grief Talk – Yeshe
Video 1 Discussion on Deepening Week and Contemplation – Sandra
Video 1 Discussion on Deepening Week and Grief Talk – Melissa
RESOURCES for further study on GRIEF – see attached.
Video 1 Recap – Sandra
Video 2 Discussion and Closing
Audio 1 Guided meditation – Trevor
Video 2 Receiving feedback Talk – Miriam
Audio 1 Guided meditation – Miriam
Video 2 Trusting your Gut Talk – Naoko
Video 3 Video 3 Pearlstone discussion – Sandra
Audio 1 Guided meditation – Naoko
Video 2 Check in – Miriam
Video 3 Shining the Jewel Talk (Seeing) – Sandra
Video 4 Harvest from Dyad – Sandra
Audio 5 – Guided meditation – Trevor
Video 6 Intro to CE exercise – Sandra
Video 7 Harvest and closing circle – Sandra
Audio 1 – Guided meditation – Miriam
Video 2 Shining the Jewel Talk (Shining) – Sandra
Video 3 Harvest, remarks, closing circle – Sandra