Program Details

Working with Emotions

with Jim O'Neill
October 26 / 9:30 AM - October 26 / 6:30 PM

Worry, desire, anger, fear, jealousy – often we can feel overwhelmed and trapped by our emotions, they rule our daily life and our experience of our selves, disturbing peace and equanimity of mind, and confusing and disrupting our dealings with others. Our relationship with our emotions frequently is reduced to either compulsively acting them out or trying and failing to repress them.

However it is possible to develop a different relationship with them. Buddhist teachings over the centuries, and in particular those presented by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, offer ways to befriend our emotions on the basis of mindfulness and awareness and the practice of maîtri, loving kindness towards oneself.

These teachings offer the possibility of using our emotions as intelligent resources in our daily life and on our spiritual path. Instead of rejecting them as uncontrollable or troublesome we can learn to view all emotional expression as fundamental aspects of wisdom, of basic goodness, and be taught by them.

This programme is open to all and follows on from the Awake in the World Festival workshop of the same title. It will be taught by Jim O’Neill and Julien Diaz.

Jim O’Neill is a psychotherapist with a practice based on a Buddhist and psychoanalytic understanding and treatment of mental suffering. He started teaching Shambhala Training and Buddhist studies in 1994, and in 2010 he was made a Shastri or senior teacher by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Julien Diaz trained in contemporary dance for five years, including three years with Ballet Rambert, and brings that discipline and awareness of the body to his work. He skillfully trains individuals to develop a new relationship with their bodies based on creativity, discovery and enjoyment.

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Timings: Saturday & Sunday: 9.30am - tea & coffee, 10am - start. 6.30pm - finish. There will be a small reception at the end of the weekend on Sunday evening

Cost: £120 (£100 if registering before Friday 18 October). £70 Concessions available by prior application

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