Venue: Wongsanit Ashram
Mindfulness is an indispensible tool for any inner growth approach without which any lofty ideal will not be sustainable. This 5-day practical learning will make this timeless art a living reality in our daily life. We will study, observe, explore and practice the 7 factors for Awakening and the 4 Foundations for Mindfulness. This is not an abstract calculation. Rather it is the practice of not taking anything personally and taking full responsibility for our impact on society and the planet at the same time. Participants will learn to master skillful means of: grounding in the body; embracing our feelings & emotions; dis-identifying with thoughts and memories; loving kindness meditation; meditation on death and dying. These will help us be less self-centred, more unconditionally confident and content.
Learning Goal and Learning Outcomes
The goal: to put oneself together to be stable and whole in the chaotic modern world with empathy and less self-centeredness.
The main objectives of mindfulness practice, in general, are to
- calm the mind: less distraction and ‘monkey mind’, easier to focus
- empower the mind: lots of energy: ready for work
- be happy and joyful without external stimulants
- see things as they are; more understanding
- be less self-centred; more compassionate
The main objectives for change workers are to
- develop sensitivity to other’s feelings and thoughts/ base for non-exploitative/ non-competitive /cooperative relationship
- transform ego-self to eco-self; not to take things personally but engage actively
- make us a healthy worker for social change; prevent burn-out, depression, allowing us to commit seriously to the work with a sense of acceptance/equinimity, humour and joy.
Recommended Readings and Websites:
Trungpa, Chšgyam, 1973. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. Shambhala
Publications, Inc.; Boston, Massachusetts. (Chapter 1 Spiritual Materialism
and Chapter 11 The Four Noble Truths)
Nhat Hanh, Thich. The Art of Power.New York: HarperOne, 2007 (Chapter 1 True Power
Chapter 3 The Art of Mindfulness)
Roth, Gabrielle, 1997. Sweat your Prayers. Movement as. Spiritual Practice. Dublin: Newleaf, Gill & Macmillan. (Chapter 1 The Great Divide, page 1-9)
Paulus, Trina, 2000. Hope For the Flowers.Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.
Flaxman, Flaxman and Flook, Lisa, 2008. Brief Summary of Mindfulness Research.Medicine, Health Care, and Society 6th Annual Conference, Worcester, 10-12 April 2008. Retrieved From: http://marc.ucla.edu/workfiles/pdfs/marc-mindfulness-research-summary.pdf
Nhat Hanh, Thich, 2001. Call Me By My True Names: The Collected Poems. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.
Now and Zen: How mindfulness can change your brain and improve your health. Longwood Seminars, March 8, 2016. Retrieved From: https://hms.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/assets/Harvard%20Now%20and%20Zen%20Reading%20Materials.pdf
Satyana Institute. Principles of Spiritual Activism. Retrieved From: http://www.satyana.org/principles_new.html