Natural Wisdom and Emotional Alchemy: Western adaptations of Buddhist practice
with Alexander deVaron & Valerie Saxton
February 23 / 1:30 PM - March 15 / 3:30 PM
Over the past few decades, Buddhist practices have been adapted for Western peoples, often by integrating them with Western psychology. These East-West hybrids take many forms, but share these common viewpoints:
- You are inherently wise.
- You are capable of profound compassion, towards yourself and others.
- Difficult emotions can be transformed from impediments to allies.
- At your core, you are a dynamic collection of habits, rather than a singular and unchanging self.
In this class you will:
- Learn about the history and development of these approaches.
- Practice meditations intended to connect you with your inner wisdom, foster compassion, and transform difficult emotions.
- Connect with a community of fellow practitioners and resources for integrating these practices into your current path.
- Begin to access unconditional open awareness even in the midst of strong feelings and challenging situations.
- Develop curiosity about your mind and dexterity in how you work with it.
- Explore the connection between mind and body.