New Wednesday Class Starts July 5th - Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation

We are excited to announce a new weekly class starting Wednesday July 5th at the Dharma Bum Temple!

Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation: The 4 Establishments of Mindfulness and the 4 Brahma Viharas (Heart Practices) as taught by the Buddha

In the opening of the Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutra), the Buddha said, “Bhikkhus, there is a most wonderful way to help living beings realize purification, overcome directly grief and sorrow, end pain and anxiety, travel the right path, and realize nirvana. This way is the Four Establishments of Mindfulness.”

The Buddha used the metaphor of the two wings of a bird to describe Mindfulness practice: One wing represents awareness of what is present in us. The other wing represents a kind, loving and non-judgmental attention to what we are experiencing. This class explores the potent connection of Buddhist Mindfulness with the 4 Brahma Viharas of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Empathetic Joy and Equanimity as taught by the Buddha and how these teachings are intimately linked with one another on the path towards liberation of mental suffering.

This class is open to people from all backgrounds and levels of experience who would like to live a life based in kindness, non-harming, deepening self-awareness and practicing mindfully in a community setting. Feel free to join us whenever you can on Wednesday night.

This class is offered by Bettina Heitmann who has been a dedicated Buddhist practitioner for 20 years. She has practiced meditation and studied Buddhist psychology at temples and retreat centers, co-led Buddhist Sanghas and services and has attended numerous silent Buddhist meditation retreats. She is a graduate of the 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Bettina is committed to on-going learning across cultures and co-creating an understanding of people’s diverse life experiences.

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