Note: We will assign you a roommate if you do not register with one.
An enemy, whether within (in the shape of a habitual, painful mind state) or without (as someone for whom we steadily feel antipathy or fear), marks the edge between limited lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity and the potential boundlessness of these qualities. In exoteric Buddhism, “the enemy” is personified by “Mara” the devil, whom Buddha overcomes through the skillful application of wisdom and compassion. In this workshop we will consider how Mara is dealt with in the Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti as well as how Mara is viewed in other Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings. We will explore inner and outer enemies, look at the fear, anger, and anguish generated by being stuck in a mode of "us" and "them", and focus on the liberation we are capable of. There will be periods of dialogue, discourse, question and answer, and meditation practice.
Optional morning yoga classes will be offered (open to all levels) as
well as afternoon rejuvenating massages (by prior
Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She is one of America's leading spiritual teachers and authors, and has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon's latest book is The Force of Kindness, published by Sounds True. She is also the author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, published by Riverhead Books; Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and A Heart as Wide as the World, both published by Shambhala Publications; and co-author with Joseph Goldstein of Insight Meditation: A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate (audio), from Sounds True. For more information about Sharon, please visit: www.sharonsalzberg.com
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the national bestseller, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness; Anger, the fifth book from a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, offered by The New York Public Library and Oxford University Press. His most recent book is titled Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, published by Atria Books/Beyond Words.
*Current Tibet House Members receive a 10% Discount on Tuition (Discount Code= member)