(6 Tuesday Mornings )
at Santa Monica Main Center, (1430 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90404)
For hundreds of years, practitioners have used the Tibetan Lojong slogans to train their minds and hearts to open to compassion and strengthen their emotional resilience.
Using Norman Fischer's beautiful, pithy, and easily accessible re-wording of and commentary on these slogans (found in his book "Training In Compassion - Zen Teachings On The Practice of Lojong"), we will work through the "7 Points of Training the Mind:"
1. Resolve to Begin
2. Train In Empathy and Compassion
3. Transform Bad Circumstances Into the Path
4. Make Practice Your Whole Life
5. Access and Extend
6. The Discipline of Relationship
7. Living With Ease In A Crazy World
Each week in this class we will be working with one of the 7 Points. During the week, you will pick a slogan that falls under that point and work with it, both on and off the cushion (including meditations, journaling, etc.). As inspiration, Norman Fischer reminds us that, "Compassion and resilience are not, as we might imagine, rarified human qualities available only to the saintly...[T]hese...human qualities can be solidly cultivated by anyone willing to take the time to do it. They can become the way we are and live on a daily basis. We can train our minds. We are not stuck with our fearful, habitual, self-centered ways of seeing and feeling."
This class is a Dana based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Dana means giving. The suggested donation for this class series, which includes 6 classes, is $180 dollars.
$30 per person of an average size class at InsightLA covers the cost of paying teachers, administrators, rent and outreach, as well as covering the participation of students who will pay less.
At InsightLA, we’re dedicated to creating a safe and welcome, open and equitable community that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias.
InsightLA reserves the right to cancel a class or special event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If InsightLA cancels an event you’ve registered for, you will be offered a full refund. If an event has to be postponed for any reason, you will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer your registration to the same event at the new, future date.