Deepen Your Practice this Fall with IMCW
By Editor | Sep 5 2012
Once people have been coming to IMCW classes for a while, they often feel drawn to explore what might support them in deepening practice. This fall we have a wonderful set of options, from exploring the Brahma Viharas to small group discussion of the dharma for those looking for such deepening practice classes:
- A 5-week series exploring the Brahma Viharas, led by teachers Jon Waterman, Trisha Stotler & Mary Aubry
We know that greed, ill-will and delusion are the mental states that keep us locked in the cycle of suffering. The Brahman Viharas, or Four Divine Abodes, are positive states of mind that, when intentionally cultivated, can serve as antidotes to suffering. The Four Divine Abodes include Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity. You are invited to join the Vienna class for this five-part series as they explore each of these positive mental states, and learn specific practices that can lead to freedom. This series is part of the regular Vienna class and there is no registration required. (Mondays, September 9-October 7.)
As our practice deepens, it can be helpful to check in on a regular basis with teachers who know our particular strengths and challenges. A safe and private setting is most supportive for discussing experiences and questions in detail. This small discussion group will provide that opportunity for experienced meditators to explore their practice among like-minded peers. This group will meet monthly; registration is required. (Tuesdays, October-May.)
Find out how science is validating meditation’s positive effects on the brain. Increase meditation’s impact for happiness and less stress in your life. Registration required. (Mondays, October 15-November 19.)
The monthly Satsang class includes a silent 45-minute meditation and time for dharma inquiry (questions about the path and practice) and sharing. Satsang means exploring and realizing truth in the gathering of spiritual friends. (Mondays, September-May.)
In addition to these special classes, we encourage IMCW students to consider working with a mentor
and to register for daylong workshops and residential retreats
May this upcoming fall be a season of ripening and deepening on the path!
Find more information on our deepening practice program on our Path of Practice page and on our Calendar.