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Wisdom of Emotions
with Olivia Parry
October 24 / 7:00 PM - November 21 / 8:00 PM
We call many things emotions, from intense rage, passion or depression to little pleasures or irritations. They might last a few seconds or seem to go on for months. Do we know what emotions are? Where do they come from? Why do we feel emotion? Are we in control of our emotions or are they in control of us? Which emotions are good to have, which are bad? Confusion about emotions brings feelings of tension and conflict. Emotions feel part of us and yet alien at the same time. The energy of emotions can become the basis for discovering wisdom and compassion, yet we often experience emotions as wild and painful . Through meditation practice, we can develop an inquisitive and artful relationship to emotions, which allows more genuine communication with others.
This introductory class is for students new to Shambhala Buddhism. Classes will combine meditation, a talk, discussion and contemplation. The readings for the course will be announced at the first class, and texts may be purchased at the Center. There are no pre-requisites - the class is open to all.