Metta Sutta Intensive with Sylvia Boorstein
The general acceptance and interest in mindfulness and loving-kindness as practices beneficial to psychotherapeutic work dates from the arrival into the Western world of the teachings of the Buddha and the realization of the universal implications of the Buddha's insights about happiness. While great emphasis has been placed on the meditative practices the Buddha taught (mindfulness and loving-kindness) to cultivate stability and equanimity in the mind, recent scholarship has broadened the understanding of what is most valuable in the Buddha's teaching to include the practice of ethics, and also the cultivation of wisdom, however it can arise in daily life. Therefore, as a context and introduction to the ongoing course of the applications of mindfulness to specific psychotherapies, it seems appropriate to spend a day becoming acquainted with the original text of the Buddha's teachings that presents the entire scope of the path, The Sermon on the Cultivation of Universal Kindness, the Metta Sutta.
This one-day workshop will include didactic presentations; contemplative time; introductions to the fundamental meditative techniques; and time for questions, and answers, and personal reflections.
Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, is a cofounding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has been teaching retreats and workshops at Spirit Rock as well as nationally and internationally since 1985. She is also an LCSW and has been a psychotherapist since 1967. She is the author of five books on Buddhism and mindfulness, the most recent of which is Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.
February 22, 2014
CIIS Main Building
$125/$150/$175 (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)
5 CEs available (LCSW, MFT, RN)
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