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Karuna Seminar 8 - Deepening Week

June 11-17, 2021

Recordings- click here for recordings 

Homework: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gqpwwCnQQEcK5vM6-EVMyQOzjQrJxg_7OinffEk8yd4/edit?usp=sharing

Karuna Seminar 7 - Compassionate Presence II

June 5 2:00-6:00pm PT

Recordings- click here for Audio 1 Meditation-Terry, Audio 2 Talk on 4th Bone: Transition-Melissa

May 8 2:00-6:30PM PT

Recordings- click here for Audio 1 Terry's Meditation, Audio 2 Talk on Discernment, Audio 3 Cohort Discussion

April 17-18 2:00-5:00PM PT

4/17/21

Recordings- click here for Audio 1, Audio 2, Audio 3

4/18/21

Recordings- click here for Audio 1, Audio 2, Audio 3

Handout: Handout Compassionate Presence 2

*Post-Seminar Assignments:*

  1. Continue to cultivate absolute bodhicitta: sitting practice at least 2 to 3 X per week.
  2. Continue to cultivate relative bodhicitta: tonglen at least 1X per week.
  3. Continue to do the Four-Step Practice: on the cushion, on the spot, and with whatever emotions arise in response to what’s happening personally, socially, and culturally. Make it yours!
  4. Practice Compassionate Exchange work in continuity groups where you are the compassionate friend at least one time; practice offering one-word exchanges. Next weekend we go further with ‘polishing the jewel’ practice.
  5. Do whatever you have identified to live your Karuna and extend Compassionate Exchange into your daily life.

Readings: 

  1. Trungpa, Chogyam, The Sanity We Are Born With, Part III; Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20
  2. 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

As an example of  Compassionate Exchange in a conference:

3. Speaking of Silence: Christians and Buddhist in Dialogue  - Entire book

Contributors The Dalai Lama, Chogyam Trungpa, David Steindle-Rast, Tessa Bielecki, Thomas Keating, and others. 2005 Vajradhatu Recordings (available through Kalapa Media)

4. Chapman, Susan, The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - if you have not read it already

*Questions for Study and Contemplation*

  1. How do you set a container for yourself in various contexts?
  2. When do you know if you are engaged or not?
  3. How do you use discernment in everyday life, when do you notice it?
  4. What makes mutual agreement mutual?
  5. What is important about Transitions? Why pay attention to them?
  6. Where do you notice personal issues and strengths with engagement and discernment, mutual agreement,  and transition?
  7. Which of the bones in space do you need to work on personally? Why?

Karuna Seminar 6 - The Development of Compassionate Presence

January 17 - March 20 - 3:00-6:30PM PT

3/20/21

Recordings- click here for Audio 1

2/27/21

Recordings- click here for Audio 1,  Audio 2

2/6/21

Recordings- click here for Audio 1

Note on Recordings

Apologies for the recording missing the harvest piece at the end due to time.

1/17/21

Recordings- click here for Audio 1, Audio 2, Audio 3, Audio 4, Audio 5

Note on Recordings

Use audio recordings from Melissa in doing Tonglen at home (video 1, 2 hours in).  Let us know if you would like support for those practices. Re-listen to or watch recordings of talks in order to deepen your understanding if desired.

Handout: Limitless Ones

Homework: 

1. Continue to cultivate absolute bodhicitta: sitting practice at least 2X per week
2. Continue to cultivate relative bodhicitta: tonglen at least 1X per week (in addition to the sitting)
3. Continue laying the foundation for Compassionate Exchange: practice the Four Step Exercise with whatever emotions arise in response to a difficult image or story that comes to you through the media/personal experience.
4. Practice compassionate exchange work in continuity groups where you are the compassionate friend at least one time
5. Practice holding steady with compassionate listening in a real-life situation
6. Keep track of all of the above in a journal
7. Attend monthly cohort calls; these will be practice-based calls and an extension of this program, some of which we had to cut short due to it being online

8. Attend Continuity Groups monthly; these are essential as it will be three months until we meet again

Readings
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

handout: Four Limitless Ones

Recommended Readings

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apzXGEbZht0
Study/Review Questions
1. How do we awaken bodhicitta in Karuna Training? What does bodhicitta mean?
2. How do you understand “idiot compassion”?
3. What does the following sentence mean to you: Maitri (loving kindness) is the ground for Karuna (compassion)?
4. Describe the different stages of tonglen.
5. What is your understanding of the practice of tonglen?  Why do we do this practice and how is this related to compassionate exchange? What is your experience doing this practice?
6. What is exchange?
7. How do we practice compassionate exchange?
8. How is compassionate exchange different from the professional therapeutic exchange you might have practiced before?

9. What are the strengths of compassionate exchange?

Maitri Self Care and Elemental Magic
August 15 - December 19 - Saturday 4 - 6 PM PT
-September 19: Maitri Self Care and the Evocation of Earth - Terry Jaworski
-October 17: Maitri Self Care and the Evocation of Fire - Emily Earlenbaugh
-November 21: Maitri Self Care and the Evocation of Wind - Carolyn Sykes
-December 19: Maitri Self Care and the Evocation of Water - Sandra Ladley
To support more meditation practice, we are also offering an entirely optional hour of guided meditation before each session. While the sitting starts at 3 PM, it is optional, the class begins at 4pm. You are welcome to come at 3pm for the open meditation.
12/19/2020
Recordings - Click here for Audio
Homework:  Self Care: Water Element Homework
Meditate with some continuity. 10 minutes or more a day or most days is very good.
Remember the Four Step practice as a resource.
Remember you are part of the Karuna community! Reach out when you need help, or when you think someone else may need help. Engage in continuity groups and discussions in person or on Slack.
Plan to attend KT7 Compassionate Presence I class with Melissa Moore
Saturday - Sunday January 16-17, 2021, 9 AM to 5PM, 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturdays February 6, February 27 and March 20, 2021 from 3 - 6 PM PT
 Saturdays January 30th, February 6th, February 13th 2021, 9 - 1030 AM PT
Note that we have arranged this (optional) anti-racism training especially for the Karuna community.
Join us for a Karuna Solstice Celebration, Evoking the Sacred on Winter Solstice, on Monday!
Study Resources (Review of the elements and the realms)
Luminous Emptiness, Francesca Fremantle, pages 71-90, 141-172
The Sanity we are Born With, Chogyam Trungpa, pages  113-134

Questions for Contemplation, Journaling and Discussion

1. Observe and reflect on water in your life. Where is water flowing and where is it stuck? Where do you want to place attention or learn more?
2. Review and reflect on our class journey of the elements and self care. What stood out for you?
3. What came up for you in our closing elements contemplation and discussions?
4. What can you draw on from the elements to help you through this winter? What will help you bring care to yourself, others, and our world?
5. What will help you make a fresh start as we approach a new year?
6. Where do you want to learn more?
11/21/2020
Recordings - Click here for Audio 1, Audio 2
Homework: Self Care: Fire Element Homework

Journal and contemplate your relationship to fire by wearing red and examining your connection to the fire and noticing the judgments you make of your experiences.
  • Meditate near a lit candle or fireplace
  • Practice the four-step emphasizing the third step of making friends with or sending loving energy towards the sensation
  • Create artwork, dance, make music or connect with other humans or animals
  • Contemplate the following questions:

Body- How do you experience fire with your body? What wakes up and magnetizes your senses? How does love feel in your body?

Speech - How do you connect with others? In what parts of your life do you experience passion, creativity or curiosity? How does love show itself in your speech?

Mind - What magnetizes you? Who is on your mind often? What is your mind like when you are feeling love?

Study Resources
Loving-Kindness, The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield - Chapter 24, the Awakened Heart
The Heart of Unconditional Love by Tulku Thondup
Study Questions
1. What do you do to connect with others?
2. What are you curious or passionate about?
3. What is the skanda associated with the fire element?
10/17/2020
Recordings - Click here for Audio
Homework: Self Care: Fire Element Homework
Journal and contemplate your relationship to fire by wearing red and examining your connection to the fire and noticing the judgments you make of your experiences.
  • Meditate near a lit candle or fireplace
  • Practice the four-step emphasizing the third step of making friends with or sending loving energy towards the sensation
  • Create artwork, dance, make music or connect with other humans or animals

Contemplate the following questions:

  1. Body- How do you experience fire with your body? What wakes up and magnetizes your senses? How does love feel in your body?
  2. Speech - How do you connect with others? In what parts of your life do you experience passion, creativity or curiousity? How does love show itself in your speech?
  3. Mind - What magnetizes you? Who is on your mind often? What is your mind like when you are feeling love?

 Study Resources

Loving-Kindness, The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield - Chapter 24, the Awakened Heart

The Heart of Unconditional Love by Tulku Thondup

Study Questions
1. What do you do to connect with others?
2. What are you curious or passionate about?
3. What is the skanda associated with the fire element?
9/19/2020
Recordings - Click here for Audio or Video
Homework:
Journal and contemplate your relationship to earth by wearing gold and examining your connection to the earth and noticing the judgments you make of your experiences.

Contemplate the following questions:

  1. Body - How do you experience the earth with your body? How do you ground yourself in the groundlessness of the current times?
  2. Speech - How do you feel richness - like you have everything you need? What enriches you? In what parts of your life can you practice appreciation?
  3. Mind - How do you access equality?
Study Resources
Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass.Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and  the Teachings of Plants.
The Qualities Game. The Shambhala Times Community News Magazine.
Wangyal, Tenzin. Healing with Form, Energy and Light. Chapter 1: The Elements.
The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address: Words Spoken Before All Others. The Six Nations.
Study Questions
1. Describe your experience of the Earth element in terms of outer, inner and secret.
2. What do you do to ground yourself? How can you tell when you need to?
3. What is the action associated with the Earth element?
4. What are Qualities?
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August 15, 2020: Maitri Self Care and the Evocation of Space - Melissa Moore
Recordings - Click here for Audio or Video
Homework:
Journal and contemplate your relationship to space by wearing white and examining how the openness of space, the only non-physical element, we can experience the openness of our own nature.
  • Sky gaze into a vast blue sky for an hour on your back
  • Practice the four-step emphasizing the 4th step de-identifying by resting in space, appreciate relaxation.
  • Contemplate the following questions:
How do I evoke space through my daily rituals?
  1. Body - what gives the body space? Its personal; yoga, meditation, running, sleep, a schedule, contemplate all the ways you evoke space in the body
  2. Speech- what gives you emotional space? 4-step, speaking, feeling, meditation, writing, journaling?
  3. Mind - What gives the mind space? The out breath?  Nature, sleep...

Study Resources

Trungpa, Chogyam. The Sanity We Are Born With
Chapter 15 Creating an Environment of Sanity
Kornfield, Jack. The Wise Heart, Buddhist Psychology for the West
Chapter 18 Sacred vision, imagination, ritual, and refuge
Chapter 19 Behaviourism with Heart: Buddhist Cognitive Training
Podvoll, Edward. Recovering Sanity: a compassionate approach to understanding and treating psychosis
Part from chapter 5: The Wisdom of Healing Environment
Fremantle, Francesca. Luminous Emptiness, understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Chapter 7 The Display of the Awakened State
Chapter 5 The Rainbow of Elements
Recommended
Somé, Malidoma Patrice. Ritual – Power, Healing, and Community 1997, New York: Penguin Compass.
Thondup Tulku, The Healing Power of the Mind, 1996, Shambhala; Boston, Mass.
Menakem, Resmaa, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies, 2017 Central Recovery Press
Study Questions KT 6 LA Class 8/15
  1. What is meant by maitri and how does maitri influence your day to day experience?
  2. What are the outer, inner and secret dimensions of space?
KTLA - Realms - 

Hell Realm - 7.25.20 - Recordings: audio or video

Homework:

1)      Notice over the next 2 weeks how you are relating to the jealous god realm.

2)      Keep a journal, write reflections, take photos, find music that evokes/describes aspects of this realm for you, poetry.

3)      Post some of your findings and/or writings on Slack at least once

4)     Review the handouts on cycling through the realms (attached here and available on the homework page- link and login above)

5)     Practice doing the 4 step process, as you notice your patterns of cycling through the realms.

Hell Realm Contemplation

B: What does anger feel like in your body? How does your body respond when you are feeling attacked? What does despair or depression feel like in your body? When do you feel claustrophobic? How do you feel when you are “freezing someone out” or feeling resentful? What makes you disconnect from your body?

S: What emotions are coming up lately around right and wrong? How do you feel when you notice injustice? What makes you judge yourself or others harshly? How do you talk to yourself when you feel you’ve messed up? How do you talk to others when you think they have done something wrong? How are you experiencing isolation or disconnection during this pandemic?

M: What is your mind like when you are angry? What is your mind like when you are full of despair? What are your beliefs about justice and morality -or your personal moral code? How do you think about yourself or others when you break your moral code? When does your mind feel chaotic or confused?

Jealous God Realm - 7.11.20 - Recordings: audio or video

Homework:

1)      Notice over the next 2 weeks how you are relating to the jealous god realm.

2)      Keep a journal, write reflections, take photos, find music that evokes/describes aspects of this realm for you, poetry.

3)      Post some of your findings and/or writings on Slack at least once

4)     Review the handouts on cycling through the realms (attached here and available on the homework page- link and login above)

5)     Practice doing the 4 step process, as you notice your patterns of cycling through the realms.

Jealous God Realm Contemplation

B: How is your relationship to speed and time?   What is the hierarchy of your life right now?  What are your to-do lists like?  What are your aspirations? How are you moving around in your world during this time?  How would you like to be moving?

S: What emotions have come up for you around power and control during this pandemic?  How does envy or jealousy feel?  How does competition feel to you?  How does success feel?  What would feel supportive for you?

M: What strategies are working for you during this time?   What are your mental storylines or gossip like? What do you feel you are accomplishing on an internal level?  What do you feel you are accomplishing in your outer world?   Can you hold this without comparison and judgement?

What would help you accomplish what you’d like to see happen for yourself during this time?

God Realm - 6.27.20 - Recordings: audio or video

Homework:

1)      Notice over the next 2 weeks how you are relating to the god realm.

2)      Keep a journal, write reflections, take photos, find music that evokes/describes aspects of this realm for you, poetry.

3)      Post some of your findings and/or writings on Slack at least once

God Realm Contemplation

B: What feels pleasurable in your body and how do you indulge in those sensations? How do you avoid feeling or noticing painful sensations? Are there ways in which you feel financially wealthy? How do you indulge in your own financial wealth? How does your physical health and financial wealth effect your sense of self? How do you maintain a pleasant physical environment for yourself?

S: What emotions feel pleasurable to experience? What makes you feel blissful? How do you try to create or maintain pleasurable experiences?  What emotions feel painful to experience? How do you ignore or shut out painful experiences? When focused on your own pleasurable experiences, how do you relate to others? How do you ignore, deny or push away others' pain?

M: What do you enjoy thinking about? What makes you feel proud? What beliefs are you certain about? How do you see yourself as enlightened or wise? When have you felt successful or like you’ve made it to a better level of life? When have you experienced “falling from grace”? What stories about yourself do you enjoy telling?

Animal Realm - 6.13.20 - Recordings: audio or video

Animal Realm Contemplation  

B: What are your routines like during this pandemic?  What happens when your routine is disrupted?  Reflect on your daily schedule.  What’s holding you together during this time?   What is grounding you?  How are you self soothing?  What do you do for self care?

S: During these past few months, what have you been feeling like emotionally?  Is there anything that you find yourself avoiding or resisting?  What has your sense of humour been like?    What are your coping mechanisms?  What instincts are helping you?

M: On the level of mind, how have you been spending your time?  What are your mental routines?  Is there anything that you are being stubborn about?  What is your meditation like? How are you relating to space?   How are you relating to boredom?   Have you seen a transformation in where your mind normally dwells during this time?   Can you hold this without judgement?

Hungry Ghost Realm - 5.30.20 - Recordings: audio or video

Homework:

1)      Notice over the next 2 weeks how you are relating to this realm.

2)      Keep a journal, write reflections, take photos, find music that evokes/describes aspects of this realm for you, poetry.

3)      Post some of your findings and/or writings on Slack at least once

Hungry Ghost Realm Contemplation:

B: How is your relationship to food and drink during this time?   What are you hungry for? What are you craving? What are you sick of? Are you feeling satisfied? What is grounding you?

S: If you are a hungry ghost … What are you hungry for emotionally?  What is out of your grasp? How are you resourcing yourself emotionally during this time?  Connections, friends, family? Other things?  How are you not?  How does poverty play out for you emotionally?  How does pride play out for you emotionally?

M: On the level of mind, what are you consuming?  What do you have too much of?  And too little of? What is your inner wealth? What is your inner poverty? Can you hold this without judgement?

How can you draw on resources for yourself, others, and the world during this time?

Human Realm - 5.16.20 - Recordings: audio or video

Homework:
1) Read these chapters, paying particular attention to the sections on the human realm:
2) Notice how you are relating to this realm over the next two weeks
3) Keep a journal, write reflections, be creative - take photos/find music that evokes this realm for you, write poetry, paint, cook, see what MAGNETIZES you and what doesn't.

4) Post some of your findings and/or writings on Slack AT LEAST ONCE - contact Emily if you need help with Slack.

Karuna Training LA Seminar 4 - June 20-21, 2020 - Deepening the Space of Mindfulness

Audio

6.20.20 - Morning - Audio

6.20.20 - Afternoon - Audio

6.21.20 - Audio

Transcripts

Talk One_ First Foundation Of Mindfulness - Body

Talk Two_ Second Foundation

Talk Three_ Third Foundation

Talk Four_ Fourth Foundation

Assignments, Study Questions, Suggested Readings

Handout:  Satipatthana Sutta and Remarks on Mindfulness Garuda IV

Assignments/Continuing Classes:

  1. Practice meditation regularly and consider meditating for longer periods of time. Do walking meditation and vary the speed.
  2. Practice the Four Step Practice.
  3. Plan to attend biweekly classes: Journeying through the Six Realms -  All are Saturdays 5 pm to 6:30 pm Pacific Time  -- June 27th God Realm, July 11th Jealous God Realm, July 25th Hell Realm.
  4. Meet in your continuity group monthly
  5. Consider having and meeting with a Karuna study and support buddy.
  6. Consider using to Slack to organize a weekly meditation time.

Study Questions:

  1. What do we mean by space in Contemplative psychology?
  2. Define mindfulness and awareness. How do they reduce suffering?
  3. What are the Four Foundations of Mindfulness?
  4. Why is it helpful to follow the outbreath?
  5. What is “touch and go”?
  6. What is the “jerk of awareness”?
  7. How do you utilize “not too tight, not too loose” in your meditation practice?
  8. Identify an experience of your intrinsic health.
  9. How do the Four Foundations of Mindfulness work with your meditation practice all together?

Suggested Readings:

Trungpa, Chogyam The Heart of the Buddha pages 18-46. 2010.

Welwood, John Spiritual Bypassing http://www.johnwelwood.com/articles/TRIC_interview_uncut.pdf

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Tiny, slippery spot of mind:The four foundations of mindfulness in the Mahayana tradition. https://www.lionsroar.com/tiny-slippery-spot-of-mind-the-four-foundations-of-mindfulness-in-the-mahayana-tradition/

Trungpa, Chogyam Sattipathana Sutta and Remarks on Mindfulness, Garuda IV https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JS2vour4zDl6_PG6vGv2JRvxeFMA9yG4/view?usp=sharing

Also Recommended

Smith, Rodney Touching the Infinite

Thich Nhat Hanh Transformation and Healing, Sutra on the Four establishments of Mindfulness.

Karuna Training LA Seminar 2-3 May 2020: The Development of Ego, Emotions and the Realms 

Recordings: click here

Assignments, Study Questions, Suggested Readings 

Assignments/Continuing Classes: 

  1. Practice meditation regularly
  2. Practice the Four Step Practice (see attachment reviewing the process)
  3. Plan to attend biweekly classes: Journeying through the Six Realms
    1. All are Saturdays 5 pm to 6:30 pm Pacific Time
    2. May 16th Human Realm, May 30th Hungry Ghost Realm, June 13th Animal Realm,
    3. June 27th God Realm, July 11th Jealous God Realm, July 25th Hell Realm,
      1. Review readings and exercises as assigned for each class
  4. Plan to attend the next KT seminar online June 20-21 “Deepening the Space of Mindfulness”
  5. Meet in your continuity group monthly
  6. Consider having and meeting with a Karuna study and support buddy

Study Questions:

  1. Describe emotion from the perspective of contemplative psychology.
  2. What is your understanding of ‘touch and go’ and how do you practice that?
  3. Describe the Four Step Practice. Give examples of how and when to apply it.
  4. What are the Six Realms?
  5. Where and how have you experienced these realms?
  6. In what realm(s) do you tend to reside?
  7. How does the energy of each realm feel?
  8. How do you know the realms in your household, relationships, work and play?
  9. How have you experienced cycling through the realms in your life? Please give examples.

Suggested Readings:

Also Recommended

Handouts:

KT2-3 LA 2020 Assignments and Study Questions

KT3-Realm-Cycle-Visual

KT3 Realms Overview Handout

KT Skandhas Buddha Families and Consciousnesses Handout

KT3 Realm Cycle Handout

KT3 Four Step Practice Handout from Manual March 2017 (1)

KT LA 1 & 2: Audio Recordings: click here

KT 1 & 2 LA: Assignments, Recommended Readings, and Study Questions:

Assignments:
Practice meditation regularly - find a buddy or join a group practice. Recommendation: not less than 3 hours a week, and not less than 20 minute sessions daily.

Meet in your continuity groups one time monthly (or more) before the next class

PLEASE FILL OUT the evaluation form - it is mandatory for those doing CEU’s, and its how we keep our CEU’s; so filling it out helps us deeply refine our curriculum! Thank you.

Homework due for Next weekend:

Write a personal history of sanity, that documents the key aspects of your resilience, how you coped with difficulty, who helped, and how you let them in. You will be asked to present a history of sanity in small groups for 5 minutes. Here is how you have survived your hardships and suffering in life. How do you recognize your resilience in your body speech and mind/  You will have been asked to present this verbally in small groups weekend KTLA ⅔ in May 2020.

Readings: Study Resources:

Trungpa, Chogyam: The Sanity We are Born With, a buddhist approach to psychology. Chapters 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 14, 17, & 20.

Trungpa, Chogyam: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism; The chapter titled; The Development of Ego

Trungpa, Chogyam, The Lion's Roar; Part 2, Chapter 1: Suffering, Impermanence, Egolessness

Fremantle, Francesca: Luminous Emptiness; Chapter 6: The Five-Step Process of Ego

Kornfield, Jack: The Wise Heart; Chapters: 1, 3, 6 & 7

Chodron, Pema: The Wisdom of No Escape and the path of loving kindness. Chapter 9.

Kissel Wegela, Karen: What Really Helps, using mindfulness and compassionate presence.  Chapters 3, 4, 22.

Article by Thich Nhat Han on 8 consciousness from September 1, 2017 in Uplift:

https://upliftconnect.com/thich-nhat-hanh-the-four-layers-of-consciousness/

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

Other Recommended Books

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of Understanding

Staff suggested reading

Thrangu Rinpoche; Everyday Consciousness and Buddha Awakening,

Thrangu Rinpoche; Transcending Ego: Distinguishing Consciousness from Wisdom

Andrew Holecek, The Power and the Pain; Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy

Handouts

BSM Summary

Study Questions for KT 1/2: 
1. Why is mindfulness meditation an important aspect of Karuna Training?
2. What is the role of breathing in meditation and how do we work with it?
3. How do we work with thoughts in meditation?
4. What is mindfulness?
5. How do you know Intrinsic Health?
6. What causes our suffering?
7. If we have inherent health why do we suffer?  What is the role of fear in this suffering?
8. What are the three marks of existence? Describe from personal experience.
9. Explain your understanding of the purpose of doing BSM groups.
10. What is the presenter’s role in body-speech-mind groups?
11. What is the facilitator’s role in the body-speech-mind group?
12. What is the role of the other participants in the body-speech-mind group?
13. How are the body-speech-mind groups meditation in action?
14. What is a “speaking from the heart group” and what is it`s function in KT?
15. What is a skandha, how many are there, what are they called and how do they work in developing a notion of self?
16. What does the sentence: “the same mind that causes confusion is the same mind that wakes us up” mean to you?
17. Do we need ego to survive?
18. What are the 8 Consciousnesses? And how does Meditation work with them?