In traditional Mahayana approaches, the practice of compassion has always been a way to balance the wisdom aspects of the teachings. As women in the West increasingly participate in Buddhist meditation they are redefining the power of meeting suffering with compassion in community. As the Buddha taught in the Mustard Seed story, suffering–illness, old age and death–can be the doorway to opening beyond the self into the vast ocean of our shared human suffering and the wisdom teachings. The focus of this workshop will be to investigate the practices of deep listening and authentic speaking in relationship to form, nurture, and sustain a meditative circle of compassion. The “circle” becomes a vehicle for healing and liberation for all who participate and for the practice of accompanying others through life. This workshop is open to both women and men.
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Seeking the Mustard Seed: Women’s Circle of Compassion
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)
Instructor(s): Janet Surrey
Janet Surrey, PhD is an Insight Dialogue Teacher. She teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide and leads a longstanding practice group in the Boston area. Her first meditation teacher was Vimala Thakar . She has practiced in the Insight tradition for over 30 years, and trained as a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock. Since 2007, Jan has worked intensively with Gregory Kramer and the Insight Dialogue Community. Jan is a practicing clinical psychologist and founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She is on the faculty and board of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She is the author of The Buddha’s Wife: The Path of Awakening Together.