December 4, 2014

Sun 7-8:30 The Heart's Power and Joy

"If your every day practice is to open to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down, trusting that you can do that - then that will take you as far as you can go. And then you'll understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught."
~ Pema Chodron

Dear Friends,

Our hearts have the power to take in suffering, heal it, and broadcast joy. What we call the "difficult states of mind" are those we intuitively wish to end, or avoid. Buddha's teaching is counter-intuitive. He said we should turn toward these forms of suffering and embrace them with compassion and good will. Then the heart will blossom with love and joy for the benefit of all.

This Sunday, 7-8:30 pm we'll look at how this alchemy works in our real lives. Bring your stories about opening to fear, grief, anger, dislike, regret or other difficult states of mind. We need to hear -- often -- about how this works, in order to have the trust and courage to make this our own every day practice.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

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