Tag Archives: Chaos

2013 Fall Study Session at Pine Gate Mindfulness Community

2013 Fall Study Session at Pine Gate Mindfulness Community

Pema Chodron

The Fall 2013 Study Session at Pine Gate Mindfulness Community will be based on Pema Chodron’s “Fully Alive” retreat. This is on 2 DVD’s and totals 5 hours. This series will commence on Thursday October 17, 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

2 copies of the book – Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change – will be purchased for the sangha library. You are encouraged  to get a copy for yourself – either from Singing Pebble or Serendipity bookstores in Ottawa.  The DVD’s and discussion sessions will be interspersed with the Buddha’s Foundation Teachings that Ian will offer to the community, plus important ceremonies such as Deep Relaxation, Touching the Earth and the Five Mindfulness Trainings Recitation ceremony. Maybe also a Tea Ceremony to stir into the pot of dharma.

“The focus on “Fully Alive” addresses the difficult times we are in. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us. Why, in the face of that, shouldn’t we cling for safety of the shore – to our comfortably familiar patterns and habits?

Pema Chodron teaches: that kind of fear-based clinging leads only to greater suffering. In this recorded retreat, based on the program “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change” she provides a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly, present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. It’s the secret of being fully alive. When we learn to let go of our protective patterns and do that, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live that way, but, as a wonderful side effect, we find that we begin to naturally and effectively reach out to others in care and support. The teachings and practices include:

1. A teaching – based on Native American prophecy – for cultivating the ability to take nothing personally.

2. A guided meditation for developing patience in the midst of irritation.

3. A curiosity practice to release your mind from old habits.

4. Tips for accessing your innate strength and confidence – simply by altering your posture.

5. Ways to make your practice the impetus for serving others.”

Let’s rock this coming Fall Study Session!

Directions to Pine Gate Mindfulness Community

Directions: Take Queensway to Woodroffe S. exit; Go to Baseline Rd; RT on Baseline; RT on Highgate (2nd  light); RT on Westbury; LT on Rideout Crescent and follow it round to 1252 Rideout Cr. – home of Pine Gate mindfulness Community. Contacts: 613 726 0881; iprattis@bell.net ; Chill.Carolyn@gmail.com  Attendance is by donation according to means.  Ball Park: $5 – $10. Teacher: Dharmacharya Ian Prattis, True Body of Wisdom