Strength Training for the Mind: Brahmavihara Practice
- Location : Buddhist Library Ltd
- Start Date and Time : 28/03/2017 07:00 pm
- Finish Date and Time : 28/03/2017 09:00 pm
- Event Speaker : Steven Smith
- Enquiries or Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org 02 9519 6054
- Organising Entity : Buddhist Library Ltd
The brahmaviharas are the Buddha’s primary heart teachings – the ones that connect most directly with our desire for true happiness. These unlimited qualities are goodwill, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. They can be developed from what we experience within the human heart.
Why are these qualities essential as a strength training for the mind?
How do we make these qualities limitless?
How do we find true happiness through practicing the brahmaviharas?
Tuesday 28th March
7pm – 9pm
Steven is co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 and in 1995 founded the MettaDana Project for educational and medical projects in Burma. Also in 1995 Steven helped establish the Kyaswa Valley Retreat Center in Burma, headed by Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery. This partnership helped usher in the beginnings of Vipassana Hawai’i’s Fusion Dhamma approach combining traditional and contemporary teaching styles in the same retreat. Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, he was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven divides his time teaching Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) meditation retreats around the world, and assisting Burmese refugee communities along the Thai-Burma border. His long term vision for preserving the Dhamma is culminating in the beginnings of the Hawai’i Insight Meditation Center (HIMC) on the Big Island of Hawai’i’s remote North Kohala coast.
All Sessions by Dana (Donation).
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The teachings flourish in an atmosphere of generosity and gratitude, and these qualities in turn support the growth of wisdom and compassion in the practitioner. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a specified fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course (e.g., administrative & venue costs).