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The Dharma and Difficult Emotions
Dates: Apr 26, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)

Instructor(s): Michael Grady

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What makes difficult emotions so difficult? In this weekend course, we will use the frameworks of insight meditation practice and inquiry to understand the potential for transforming our relationship to specific emotions. In particular, we will use the teaching of wise effort and view to understand how suffering arises when we attach to, or identify with, difficult emotions. By practicing with these principles when emotions such as fear, anxiety, self-judgement, anger, or shame arise, we can cultivate more skillful, compassionate ways to be with these common experiences and discover greater ease and inner freedom.

Learning Intentions:

Learn how wise view and wise effort can lead to greater freedom and the deepening of compassion when difficult emotions arise; and develop the capacity for meditative inquiry rather than resistance and avoidance when working with challenging emotions.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • Michael Grady began practicing Insight Meditation with Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg in 1974 when they first returned from Asia. He has also been a student of the late Chan master Sheng Yen who taught the practice of Silent Illumination - a practice which emphasizes relaxing the body and mind while practicing awareness without expectations or an agenda. Michael is a Core teacher at IMS in Barre, MA and was a Guiding Teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center for more than 20 years. Having taught extensively in both intensive retreats and in an urban dharma center, Michael encourages an attitude towards practice which is wholistic - that all of life is viewed as an opportunity for awakening to freedom.