An Experiential Course
with Jon Landaw
Location change for April 8: We will be in the Main Gompa for this last session. (There is something else going on up near the Wish-fulfilling Temple today.)
On many occasions Shakyamuni Buddha emphasized the necessity of developing the four highly beneficial attitudes of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity for those wishing to lead a truly fulfilling and meaningful life.
These four play an important role in Theravada Buddhism where they are known as the Four Sublime Attitudes. And in Mahayana Buddhism they are cultivated as the indispensable causes for developing the altruistic motivation (Bodhicitta) with which selfless Bodhisattvas strive for Full Enlightenment in order to be of maximum benefit to others.
This course is special designed to be as practical and experiential as possible and is suitable for everyone, both newcomers and more experienced students alike. During it we shall learn how certain habitual attitudes of ours keep us trapped in dissatisfaction and unhappiness, and how we can turn these destructive attitudes inside out by patient cultivation of the Four Immeasurables. And because even seasoned meditators spend much more time and energy dealing with the challenges and opportunities of their day-to-day life than they do engaged in meditation, the emphasis in this course will be on how we can bring these beneficial attitudes into our everyday life.
Methods discussed and practiced in one session will be reinforced by practical exercises to be done during the week between that session and the next. Therefore, although it is not a mandatory requirement that those wishing to attend this course come to all five sessions, it is very highly recommended that they do so.
About the Instructor
Jon Landaw was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1944. He received his A.B. degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1965 and spent three years teaching English as a Second Language with the Peace Corps in Iran (1966-69). Jon worked as English editor for the Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (1972-77) producing numerous texts under the guidance of Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. As a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche since the mid-1970′s, he has edited numerous works for Wisdom Publications, including “Wisdom Energy” and “Introduction to Tantra.” He is also the author of “Prince Siddhartha,” a biography of Buddha for children, “Images of Enlightenment,” published by Snow Lion in 1993 and “Buddhism for Dummies”. As an instructor of Buddhist meditation, he has taught in numerous Dharma centers throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. Jon and his wife currently live in Capitola where he teaches regularly at the nearby Land of Medicine Buddha center.
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|Date(s):||March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8|
|Times:||10:45 am - 12:30 pm|
|Type of event:||weekly class|
|Number of sessions:||5|
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