Much of Buddhist meditation and ethics revolves around spaciousness—mental, verbal, and physical. We will explore how meditation frees us from the mental clutter of thoughts and worries and opens up what some have called “empty mind” or “sky mind” (in East Asia, the character for “emptiness” also means “sky”); how right speech is grounded in silence, deep listening, and verbal restraint, which open up the space of conversation; and how mindful action can be promoted through spaciousness in time (freeing ourselves from hurrying or being overextended) and space (freeing ourselves from clutter or excess stuff). In key respects the cultivation of spaciousness in these three areas lays a foundation for an ethical and fulfilling life. The program will consist of formal talks, discussions, and meditation practice.
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Spaciousness: De-cluttering Our Minds, Speech, and Daily Actions
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)
Instructor(s): Chris Ives
Christopher Ives, PhD, is a professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. In his teaching and writing he focuses on modern Zen ethics, and currently he is working on Buddhist approaches to nature and environmental issues. He is the author of Zen Awakening and Society and Imperial-Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen’s Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics.