IS A BUDDHIST AUTHOR, TEACHER, PERPETUAL STUDENT AND CONTEMPORARY VOICE FOR BUDDHA'S WISDOM
"The Buddhist tradition has the most humorous and radical methods for those longing to do whatever it takes to live a healthy and compassionate life. It offers a path to those no longer interested in self-deception or in hiding from their habitual tendencies. It invites each of us to experience the freedom of exposing our hidden confusion to the light of our intelligence. Exploring this path is my life's passion.”
Elizabeth's vision for how we rise to the challenge of being human and our potential for awakening.
One of the most powerful qualities of the Buddhist teachings is that we are asked to honor and develop our own discerning intelligence or prajna. In fact, the Buddha himself said: “You are the agent of your own awakening.” This statement is a call to our natural intelligence—our ability to rise and discover our deepest potential.
However, when we begin to investigate the point where our discerning intelligence meets with the teachings, many questions and challenges may arise:
Does a practice of devotion to the teachings or teacher mean that you have to abdicate your discerning intelligence?
Does exercising agency mean then that you are not genuinely open to the teachings? How do you discern between egoic intention and open clarity?
What are the qualities of an authentic student? How does one poise one’s mind for insight?
What is the difference between “being right” and an experience of genuine certitude?
How do the teachings shape our relationships to our community, friends and family, and our teacher?
In this two-day gathering, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of what it means to be a student, and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher, sangha, and the teachings themselves.
In this post, Elizabeth is joined at Windhorse Community Services by Gretchen Kahre (Windhorse Senior Clinician, and Elizabeth’s fellow student and close friend), and Chuck Knapp (Windhorse Co-Director).
Besides allowing us to hear about Elizabeth’s initiation and evolution as a student/teacher of the Dharma, the dialogue invites us to reconsider our understanding of faith. As Elizabeth and company address the interdependent relationship of all things, a way to engage with the complexities of extreme mind states is illuminated. Enjoy!
Enjoy this rare glimpse of a writer's creative space. In her new book, The Logic of Faith, Elizabeth shares few thoughts about her writing process and invites us into her "office."
Winter is one of my favorite seasons. It is a time when I retreat into my shrine room to study, contemplate, and write. When the weather permits, I occasionally venture out for brisk walks that invigorate my body and mind. You may not know this about me, but much of my work is done on these walks. Enjoy the tour! --Elizabeth
— Thupten Jinpa, principle translator for HH Dalai Lama, author of A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives
— Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart
— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love
January 19-26, 2019
If you would like to ask Elizabeth a question, please fill out the form here. She may not be able to respond to all of them but will do the best she can!
"When we question openly, our spiritual practice becomes a living experience, without dogma or fixed ideas."