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Exploring Impermanence

Sunday, September 23rd 9:30am – 5:30pm at at 1001a Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica

There are two sides to impermanence (anicca):

•The sobering reality
•The blissful energy

The sobering reality is that everything passes. So to pin your happiness on any person, object, or situation is to set yourself up to suffer sooner or later. From this perspective anicca is linked to dukkha (the suffering nature of life). But from another point of view, impermanence is movement, and movement reflects an underlying Force. By focusing on the way consciousness changes, we can come in contact its wave nature. From this perspective, anicca is linked to prana–the ebullient energy of life.

The emphasis in this workshop will be experiential, centering around Shinzen’s “Focus on Flow†technique. Themes we will explore include:

•impermanence as a purifying energy.
•impermanence as an integrating force.
•impermanence as a link between form and formless.
•and impermanence as a source of life vitality.

In preparation for this program, please read or review the following from Shinzen’s manual “Five Ways to Know Yourself†:

•Introduction to Basic Mindfulness, pp. 7-17
•Chapter 4 – The Way of Flow, pp. 51-64

Participants are also skim the Posture-pedia article regarding options for posture.

Sliding Scale: $35 -$65 plus dana to the teacher.

Scholarships and work-study are available, please write or call for more information.

NO ONE IS EVER TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.

Please bring a brown bag lunch.

Shinzen Young became fascinated with Asian culture while a teenager in Los Angeles. Later he enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Eventually, he went to Asia and did extensive monastic training in each of the three major Buddhist meditative traditions: Vajrayana, Zen, and Vipassana. His specialty is linking Eastern internal science and Western technological science.

For more information: shinzen.org basicmindfulness.org

http://againstthestream.org/programs/day-long-programs/shinzen-young

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