Bringing Whole-Heartedness to Our Mindfulness Teaching

7:00pm 31 May 2019 - 3:30pm 02 June 2019

Cost: £150.00

Venue: Samye Ling

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The tutors will be Barbara Reid & Heather Regan-Addis.

The root of the word ‘courage’ lies in the French word coeur, meaning heart, and in this CPD weekend we will explore wholeness and whole-heartedness. When we train and practice as mindfulness teachers, often the emphasis is on what we do and how we do it. We rarely pause to consider ‘the who’: the person of the teacher and how this person shows up. Who are we when we teach? How fully do we ‘show up’ in class? How does our sense of who we are shape our relational work in class? How we sustain our sense of who we are so that we can show up with wholly, with integrity? The Courage to Teach.

This weekend offers space to listen deeply and inquire into ‘the who’: what has brought us to mindfulness, the journey we are on, how this fits with our work or place in the world, and what is calling us forward.  Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, author of ‘The Courage to Teach’ (with whom Barbara Reid, one of the tutors has trained), the approach we take over the two days will be to create space in community for us to reflect deeply and personally on our identity and integrity as teachers, the inner and outer landscapes of our teaching work, and our human wholeness.

Drawing on stories, poems, objects and wisdom tales, and using a form of open, honest questioning, we will take part in a journey of self-enquiry through journaling, conversation, silence and sharing.  In this way, contemplative ‘Courage to Teach’ retreats foster exploration of themes of identity and integrity, careful listening and deep connection with others and the challenges they are encountering, the holding of trustworthy space where we can experience our sense of vocation and purpose, and attending to the inner dimension of our lives and the impact we have on communities within which we live and work.

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The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche