Although sadness is a universal and pervasive emotion it remains misunderstood, poorly defined and, curiously, is often labelled a negative emotion. Even within some Buddhist practice sadness is deemed unsatisfactory, non-virtuous, a clue to some underlying desire and a stimulus to corrective spiritual action. However, at times, sadness may represent a companion state to compassion, an awareness of ubiquitous dukkha, a catalyst to deep communication, and, remarkably, a source of great wisdom!
Even though this talk will be a continuation from May’s session, new people are most welcome. Jonathan will provide a recap at the beginning of the session before starting with new material.
This course will be held in person at the Library only. Please register if you wish to attend.
Dr Jonathan has been a medical oncologist for 40 years and enjoys endurance cycling. He began his meditation practice in 1984 but to his chagrin was largely an erratic practitioner until 2004, generally employing meditation as a last resort to manage innumerable life crises (with variable impact).
He was persuaded to be more diligent in his meditation with the onset of a more difficult-to-shift despondency, particularly burnout mixed with depression. These were poorly managed by the “orthodox” medical establishment. Thankfully, over time, this crisis yielded to regular meditation and the comfort of the Three Jewels.
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Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The dana you give helps to maintain the Library and allows it to offer more teachings on the Dhamma so that others may benefit in the future. It is up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers who spread the Dhamma.