In this 4-week class, based on the renowned Awakening Joy class created by James Baraz, we’ll be discovering all the wholesome, natural and tangible joys, always available in the present moment, in nature and community at Benedict Canyon. It is often said that Buddhist practitioners are “joy seekers,” learning that these joys are always here for our enjoyment – just waiting to be discovered in the here and now. Because these “everyday” joys can only be known and enjoyed in the present moment, we’ll spend time cultivating mindful embodied presence, literally coming to our senses as a path for joy. Also, because discovering joy depends on the quality of mind and heart, we’ll be cultivating wholesome heart qualities as the foundation for true joy.
Every week, we’ll dive together into qualities and practices that allow for joy as a natural way of life, such as gratitude, connection, self-compassion, kindness, generosity, as well as mining the “silver linings” often hiding in plain sight when times are hard. Each class will involve guided meditation, instruction, sharing and inclusive community-building, tailored to these uncertain times.
You are welcome to bring a bag lunch and after class eat outside (distanced) as a community (optional).
The time for joy is now!
Schedule 10:30-12pm PT:
We are deeply grateful to our community members for their understanding, patience, and support through this challenging and life changing chapter of our journey together. We are eager to move into the next phase of our adventure. In keeping with the principals of the dharma that underlies all of our activities, primarily ahimsa (do no harm), we are requiring that all attendees be fully vaccinated in order to attend any in-person event. If you certify that you meet this requirement please select ‘yes’ on the registration page. This requirement is for the initial stage of reopening and we are looking forward to practicing together once again in-person!