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.
OCTOBER 11TH - 20TH • PAZ E MENTE INSTITUTE • IBIRAQUEIRA, BRAZIL
The practice of awakening the heart (bodhicitta) is not a religious endeavor, but rather a first person exploration of what is possible when we begin to unfold our greatest human potential by stepping out of our habituated, fixated mindsets into a deeper understanding of the interdependence of all things. It provides direct and practical means for directly facing some basic human questions: How do we habituate our heart to stay open? How do we respond to the suffering we encounter in the world without getting overwhelmed or rigidly trying to fix it? What is the difference between fixing and healing? This practice also provides us with teachings on how to make an aspiration, how to work with difficult situations, how to deepen our insight through meditation, and how to develop genuine altruism.
What does it take to be free? According to the Buddha, to be free is to recognize the conditionality of life. The teaching of dependent arising shows us the truth of interconnection: nothing exists alone. With profound reflection, this deep wisdom unbinds us from the craving, reactivity, and stress that arise from our habits of misperception.
This course provides a unique opportunity to study with a teacher who has made these powerful teachings the center of her contemplative life for 35 years. Elizabeth promises a lively, practical, and fun exploration featuring exercises and guided meditations to deepen your living experience of these teachings.
Enroll today to join Finding Freedom.
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
October 11-12, 2019
Paz & Mente Institute
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"When we question openly, our spiritual practice becomes a living experience, without dogma or fixed ideas."