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The Dharma of Aging: Equanimity in the Face of Change and Uncertainty
Dates: Nov 30, 2017 - Dec 03, 2017
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): DaeJa Napier

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This course will focus on the possibilities that exist in working with rather than against change. Equanimity supports this positive shift in understanding and allowing ourselves to experience the fullness of life including the processes of aging and dying without fear or confusion. Our human existence is a story of ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows. When we cultivate equanimity it makes it possible to let them play themselves out while remaining grounded in a calm heart and engaged presence of mind. The schedule will include talks, large and small group discussions, and structured meditation periods. The reflections throughout will include an understanding of equanimity's role in the cultivation of mindfulness, the five supports to equanimity, the eight worldly winds of change, a simple and practical understanding of karma, and equanimity as a concentration practice.
 

  • DaeJa Napier has been teaching vipassanā meditation in combination with the cultivation of the four brahma-vihāras for the last thirty years. She has trained in the Zen and vipassanā traditions with both Asian and Western teachers. Her emphasis has been on the cultivation of formal and informal practice in everyday life while she raised five children over the last forty years.