One of the greatest definers of “self” is our sense of worth interpreted through the eyes of others. On one hand, a sense of blame is long lasting and hard to uproot; and delighting in praise is a set up for continual suffering when we don’t perform as well as expected, or fall out of favor. On the other hand, our own perception of failure and self-judgment is equally painful and often distorted. The Buddha encourages us to reflect deeply on these shifting “winds” of life and learn to walk unaffected by either to experience a true freedom. But, how do we do this and yet maintain a sense of personal accountability and social concern? And, how does it all tie into transformative compassion and wisdom? These are our considerations in this course. We will examine and contemplate Pali texts as well as Vajrayana texts such as excerpts from the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva.
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Praise and Blame
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)
Instructor(s): Pannavati Bhikkhuni
Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni is Co-founder and Spiritual Director of Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville, NC, a multi-lineage retreat center and intentional spiritual community; and Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage, a 21st century trans-lineage Buddhist Order. Ordained in Theravada and Mahayana traditions and a recipient of numerous international humanitarian awards she is both contemplative and engaged in compassionate action, world-wide. Pannavati currently serves the Global Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, as a VP for the United States.