One of the basic tenets of Buddhist practice is that attachment causes suffering. Western psychology, on the other hand, promotes secure attachment in relationship as central to physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.
This program explores the ways we can integrate our need for deep connection in relationship alongside our wish for the liberating happiness espoused by Buddhist teachings. How do we resolve this paradox? How can meditation help us achieve greater ease, skill, and satisfaction in our relationships? How can relationship challenges deepen our understanding of the Dharma?
In this program, we will explore Buddhist teachings on impermanence and not-self, as well as attachment theory, which addresses how our early childhood relationships inform our adult views and behaviors. We will practice insight meditation and heart practices to observe and skillfully respond to attachment conditioning in all types of relationships (intimate, professional, familial, friendships), and learn to use mindfulness to transform the difficult somatic and mental states associated with attachment habit patterns.
The format will include meditation instruction, Buddhist and Western teachings on attachment, and relational mindfulness practices. We are all in relationship, whether it be intimate partnership, family, friendship, or community – all are welcome and encouraged to attend this program!
Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please note that you should plan to commit to attending all scheduled sessions. While participants are asked to commit to participating for the entire retreat so we can weave a deep sense of community together, those in the Pacific time zone are invited to join after the early morning meditation session if it creates a more manageable schedule.
The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:
Friday, February 19
6:30 – 8:30 pm, Opening Session
Saturday, February 20
7:30 – 8:00 am, Meditation
10:00 – 12:00 pm, Morning Session
4:00 – 6:00 pm, Evening Session
7:00 – 7:45 pm, Meditation
Sunday, February 21
7:30 – 8:00 am, Meditation
10:00 – 12:00 pm, Closing Session
Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.
Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.