Wisdom teachings + trainings
“Grant your blessing so that confusion may dawn as wisdom” – The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
A ‘we space’ of transpersonal intimacy in the vast ‘center of the sunlit sky’ is suggested loosely through the image as a circle of wholeness. We bring our unique experiences and views and share with others. Thus, through wise collaboration, delighting in diversity and uniting in our common aspiration, we clear clouds of confusion.
“Why mistake the weather for the sky?” – Kirtana
With deep conversation we sense the wisdom of our group’s intuitive flow, voice the impulse of the resonant field, care for each other, and rejoice in the shared space of learning and training.
See below for upcoming Radiant Living, Wild Buddha Bowing and Luminous Dying offerings that call to you. You’ll find teachings and trainings that allow for unique integrative learning with others through sharing your own direct experience and perceptions, wisdom gained from wounding, as well as voicing the impulse of the collective field and “finding your place in the family of things” (Mary Oliver).
"Wisdom is an innate awareness of our own true nature and the true nature of the outer world.
It is experientially spacious, blissful, and clear; imbued with love; and is inseparable from altruistic ethical conduct.”
– Ari Goldfield
Befriending Aging – Wisely & Well
Dominie Cappadonna Ph.D., CT
8 Sunday afternoons February 11 – April 1. 2018
Join us in exploring our spiral dance of creative aging, embracing age old wisdom of our natural unfolding and the wild mystery of an unknown future as wise elders.
Re-visioning our lives through staying nimble, aware and awake to the currents of our own needs and wants, in tandem with how we perceive living fully with each other and within our community’s opportunities.
During our eight weeks together, we will learn, explore and bear witness with each other as an educational group, through contemplative and active engagement in the exploration of these and other topics:
What feels true for us in an embodied way about our aging process?
Naming our grit, grace and gratitude.
Noting our world views, assumptions, beliefs which encourage/ discourage us from stepping into our unique and authentic aging.
Befriending impermanence and challenges with empathy, kindness and acceptance.
Facing the unknown and unfamiliar fears and tasks of aging
Life review to find our resource and resilience in exploring practical solutions such as where and how to live, limitations and illness, spiritual doubts and faith, interdependence, support and more.
Becoming Familiar with Dying
Guided by Dominie Cappadonna, Ph.D., and Douglas Frank, Ed.M.
Coming Fall, 2018 8 Saturday mornings
Meeting weekly on Saturday mornings for 8 weeks, this class will examine the dying process through the dissolution of the elements that constitute us as human beings: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Consciousness and Space.
Each class will be divided into two parts. We will begin each class with an overview and discussion of the element that we will concentrate on for the week. In this way, we will become more familiar with each of the fundamental elements of our existence. The second part of each class will be a guided meditation of the dissolution of the elements leading to medical & subtle body death. The meditation will be accompanied by the playing of Tibetan bowls, which provides a sound environment of safety and security.
Through this process of a week -long examination of each of the elements and the guided meditation of their dissolution we can become familiar with the dying process.
Befriending Small Deaths~Big Deaths ®
Big Island, Hawaii Details coming soon
Shambhala Mountain Center Fall 2018 Details coming soon
Approaching death with curiosity, courage, and spiritual skills allows for fearlessness in facing the unknown.
The “small deaths” we live through— broken-heartedness, sickness, aging, and loss of justice or beliefs— offer us practice moments for the “big death” at the end of life. By relating in a profound way with our small deaths, we build resilience and positive qualities to strengthen our encounter with dying moments as they arise. Through acknowledging our mortality and feeling the preciousness of life, we relate with how our small and big deaths teach us.
We will meet both inside and out in nature, for gentle, experiential processes and meditations that draw upon universal principles, as well as Shamanic and Buddhist teachings. Appropriate for both individuals and those who work in the death & dying field.